What does newel mean?

Definitions for newel
ˈnu əl, ˈnyu-newel

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. newel post, newelnoun

    the post at the top or bottom of a flight of stairs; it supports the handrail

  2. newelnoun

    the central pillar of a circular staircase

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Newelnoun

    Let the stairs to the upper rooms be upon a fair open newel, and finely railed in. Francis Bacon, Essay 46.


  1. newel

    A newel is a central or main supporting post in a staircase or handrail, often located at the bottom, top or where the stairs change direction. It can also be decorative and helps to anchor the balustrade (handrail system). In some cases, the newel may extend above the handrail to create an architectural statement.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Newelnoun

    a novelty; a new thing

  2. Newelnoun

    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

  3. Etymology: [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.]


  1. Newel

    A newel, also called a central pole, is an upright post that supports the handrail of a stair banister. In stairs having straight flights it is the principal post at the foot of the staircase, but it can also be used for the intermediate posts on landings and at the top of a staircase. Although its primary purpose is structural, newels have long been adorned with decorative trim and designed with different architectural styles. Newels are sometimes called solid newels in distinction from hollow newels due to varying techniques of construction. In historic homes, it is believed that the house plans were placed in the newel upon completion of the house before the newel was capped. A loose ball cap finial on the newel post at the base of the stairway is a plot device in the 1946 classic "It's a Wonderful Life." The same is used in jest in the 1989 film "Christmas Vacation."

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Newel

    nū′el, n. (archit.) the upright column about which the steps of a circular staircase wind. [O. Fr. nual (Fr. noyau), stone of fruit—Low L. nucalis, like a nut—L. nux, nucis, a nut.]

  2. Newel

    nū′el, n. (Spens.) a new thing: a novelty.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. NEWEL

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Newel is ranked #130610 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Newel surname appeared 130 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Newel.

    80.7% or 105 total occurrences were White.
    9.2% or 12 total occurrences were Black.
    6.9% or 9 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of newel in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of newel in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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