Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A stone block used as the base of a monument, marker etc.
  • n. A platform outside the raised entrance to a church or large building, or the steps leading to such a platform.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An out-of-door flight of steps, as in a garden, leading to a terrace or to an upper story; -- usually applied to mediævel or later structures of some architectural pretensions.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In architecture, an external flight of steps by which access is given to the entrance-door of a building when the principal floor is raised above the level of the ground. It is often so treated as to form an important architectural adornment.

Etymologies

From Anglo-Norman and Middle French perron, from pierre ("stone"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The drawbridge has been replaced by a modern "perron" or flight of stone steps, which leads to the entrance hall.

    Brittany & Its Byways

  • Toutes les maisons de la rue du quartier ont la même architecture: un escalier latéral de quatre ou cinq marches fait accéder à un petit perron devant la porte d'entrée.

    la routine - French Word-A-Day

  • Bon ..., cela dit, ... la prochaine fois que Kristin ira à Châteauneuf-du-Pape, j'espère qu'elle prendra quelques photos de maisons typiques, comme vous nous les décrivez - avec quelques marches, petit perron, grille de protection et plantes fleuries, minuscule porte au ras de la rue …

    la routine - French Word-A-Day

  • Yet recently, on the perron of the courthouse, I saw even a very simpleminded court usher, who, with the expert eye of a small-time patron at racetracks, was marveling at the lawyer as, lifting his thighs aloft, he climbed from step to step, his footfalls ringing on the marble.

    The Metamorphosis, in The Penal Colony,and Other Stories

  • Bon..., cela dit, ... la prochaine fois que Kristin ira à Châteauneuf-du-Pape, j'espère qu'elle prendra quelques photos de maisons typiques, comme vous nous les décrivez - avec quelques marches, petit perron, grille de protection et plantes fleuries, minuscule porte au ras de la rue …

    la routine - French Word-A-Day

  • Toutes les maisons de la rue du quartier ont la même architecture : un escalier latéral de quatre ou cinq marches fait accéder à un petit perron devant la porte d'entrée.

    la routine - French Word-A-Day

  • Now came we to the perron of the house, and there stood the witch-wife under the stars to meet us.

    The Water of the Wondrous Isles

  • Sir Baudoin by the hand and led him up the stately perron, and thence came we into a pillared hall, as fair as might be.

    The Water of the Wondrous Isles

  • And once more she howled wordless, as both I and Arthur had our loves in our arms, and fell to following Baudoin out on to the perron and down into the fresh fragrant garden wherein now was the moon beginning to cast shadows.

    The Water of the Wondrous Isles

  • So came they at last to the very house, and whereas it stood high on the bent, a great stair or perron of stone went up to it, and was of much majesty.

    The Water of the Wondrous Isles

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