newel post

a post supporting one end of a handrail at the top or bottom of a flight of stairs.

1790–1800 Unabridged
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newel post
Sometimes shortened to: newel the post at the top or bottom of a flight of stairs that supports the handrail

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Example sentences
The exception allows the newel post to be a continuation of the handrail system.
The staircase which winds up before the chimney in the entry has its original
  newel post and turned oaken balusters.
The staircase and newel post are walnut, constructed off-site.
Handrails shall be permitted to be interrupted by a newel post at a turn.
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