newel Meaning, Definition & Usage
noun the post at the top or bottom of a flight of stairs; it supports the handrail
noun the central pillar of a circular staircase
A novelty; a new thing.Obs. Spenser.
(Arch.) The upright post about which the steps of a circular staircase wind; hence, in stairs having straight flights, the principal post at the foot of a staircase, or the secondary ones at the landings. See Hollow newel, under Hollow.