- the central upright pillar around which the steps of a winding staircase turn
- the post at the top or bottom of a flight of stairs, supporting the handrailalso newel post
Origin of newelMiddle English nowelle from Old French nuel, a nut, fruit pit from Late Latin nucalis, like a nut from Classical Latin nux (gen. nucis), nut
- A vertical support at the center of a circular staircase.
- A post that supports a handrail at the bottom or at the landing of a staircase.
Origin of newelMiddle English nouel, niewel from Old French noiel from Vulgar Latin nōdellus little knot diminutive of Latin nōdulus diminutive of nōdus knot ; see node .
top:of a circular staircase
bottom:at the end of a banister