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 (pĕr′ən, pə-rōN′)
1. A platform at the entrance of a large building.
2. A flight of steps leading to such a platform.

[Middle English peroun, block of stone used as a platform, from Old French perrun : pierre, stone (from Latin petra, stone, rock; see petrify) + -on, -un, diminuitive suffix (from Latin -ō, -ōn-, n. suff.)]
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(Architecture) an external flight of steps, esp one at the front entrance of a building
[C14: from Old French, from pierre stone, from Latin petra]
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(ˈpɛr ən; Fr. pɛˈrɔ̃)

n., pl. per•rons (ˈpɛr ənz; Fr. pɛˈrɔ̃)
an outside platform upon which the entrance door of a building opens, with steps leading to it.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French, Old French, derivative of pierre stone < Latin petra < Greek pétra]
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de Bragelonne had not had time to fasten his horse to the iron bars of the perron, when M.
This was the brunette; the other remained behind the balcony, concealed by the flowers, watching attentively through the branches the perron by which M.
In the coming days, the Perrons experience increasingly violent episodes, which terrify Carolyn and her brood.
In The Conjuring, the film's ending suggests that the hauntings have stopped but in reality, the Perrons recall that they still had to endure living with as many as nine spirits in the farmhouse.
"Although the judge did not allow the case to proceed as a class action at this time, he stated that the Perrons could return to court at a later stage and request permission for class action status.
Although apocalyptic forecasts proved false, the Perrons' relationship suffered.
The Perrons feel that they have found the perfect home for their most prized carousel: "This is the way it should be done," said Duane Perron.
The Perrons' disturbing events in their home happened in 1971 when Roger, Carolyn and their five daughters moved into a colonial farmhouse in Harrisville, Rhode Island.