A perron is an out-of-door flight of steps, for example in a garden, leading to a terrace or to an upper story. The term is usually applied to mediaeval or later structures of some architectural pretensions.
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Originally, a stoop was a covered porch with seats, at a house door based on the Dutch stoep as introduced by the Dutch into New York. Afterwards the term became applied to an out-of-door flight of stairs of from seven to fourteen steps, with platform and parapets, leading to an entrance door some distance above the street like the French perron. Hence, the term applies to any porch, platform, entrance stairway, or small veranda, at a house door.
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