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[per-uh n; French pe-rawn] /ˈpɛr ən; French pɛˈrɔ̃/
noun, plural perrons
[per-uh nz; French pe-rawn] /ˈpɛr ənz; French pɛˈrɔ̃/ (Show IPA).
an outside platform upon which the entrance door of a building opens, with steps leading to it.
Origin of perron
1350-1400; Middle English < Middle French, Old French, derivative of pierre stone < Latin petra < Greek pétra Unabridged
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  • Once he met her full in the face, upon the perron of the Cathedral of St. Marie.

    The Golden Dog William Kirby
  • Peace was duly proclaimed at the perron in the market-place of Lige.

    Belgium George W. T. (George William Thomson) Omond
  • He sprinkled the perron from the golden basin which hung from the oak that shaded it, and beheld all the marvels.

    The Fairy Mythology Thomas Keightley
  • Jeremiah, from the perron of the temple, summons Israel to set out.

    The Forerunners Romain Rolland
  • The Duke of Mantua once observed to the celebrated perron, that the court-jester was a fellow without either wit or humour.

  • Far from being pressé, friend perron, I have an eternity at your service.

    Read-Aloud Plays Horace Holley
  • Presently I recollected the situation, and turned to leave the perron.

  • The garden was laid out elaborately with a perron and many raised seats.

  • perron, a stout, middle-aged figure, is seated in front of his watchmaker's establishment near the Place St. Sulpice.

    Read-Aloud Plays Horace Holley
  • He hastened down the steps of the perron, and calling to his chamberlain, came with what speed he might to the nave.

British Dictionary definitions for perron


an external flight of steps, esp one at the front entrance of a building
Word Origin
C14: from Old French, from pierre stone, from Latin petra
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