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