- the central pillar of a circular staircase
- the post at the top or bottom of a flight of stairs
- it supports the handrail
1. A novelty; a new thing. [Obs.] Spenser.
1. 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.