Part of speech: noun

The central post of a winding stair; end post, as of a stair rail.

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Usage examples "newel":

  1. You ascend thither by a winding staircase which has a hollow newel. - "Paris As It Was and As It Is", Francis W. Blagdon.
  2. He wheeled round and plumped down on an oak bench, not unlike a church pew, which stood against the panelled stairway beyond the newel. - "The Paternoster Ruby", Charles Edmonds Walk.
  3. At the April conference, 1851, Edward Hunter was chosen to succeed Newel K. Whitney as bishop of the Church. - "A Young Folks' History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints", Nephi Anderson.