- 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 *n&omacron;dellus, little knot, diminutive of Latin n&omacron;dulus, diminutive of n&omacron;dus, knot; see node.
top:of a circular staircase
bottom:at the end of a banister