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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Newel \New"el\ (n[=u]"[e^]l), noun [From {New}. Cf. {Novel}.] A novelty; a new thing. [Obs.] --Spenser.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Newel \New"el\ (n[=u]"[e^]l), noun [OF. nual, F. noyau sone, of fruit, noyau d'escaler newel, fr. L. nucalis like a nut, fr. nux, nucis, nut. Cf. {Nowel} the inner wall of a mold, {Nucleus}.] (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. Also called newel post. See {Hollow newel}, under {Hollow}.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

newel

noun

1: the post at the top or bottom of a flight of stairs; it supports the handrail [syn: {newel post}, {newel}]

2: the central pillar of a circular staircase


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