I am unable to find a fitting definition for the word "peron" as used in Le Morte d'Arthur by Sir Thomas Malory. The book uses many archaic words, but usually I am able to find the definition online or figure out an approximate meaning.
Below are a few examples from the book. As a note, the chapter and book numbers may be different across editions.
Within Book X, Chapter II: "How Sir Tristram saved Sir Palomides' life, and how they promised to fight together within a fortnight" (second-to-last sentence, first paragraph):
"Ye say well, said Sir Tristram, how I assign you to meet me in the meadow by the river of Camelot, where Merlin set the peron."
Note that it is being used as if it were an object, "the peron".
The title of a chapter:
Book X, Chapter V: "How Sir Tristram met at the Peron with Sir Launcelot, and how they fought together unknown."
Within the chapter mentioned above (first sentence, first paragraph):
"Then departed Sir Tristram and rode straight unto Camelot, to the peron that Merlin had made tofore, where Sir Lanceor that was the king's son of Ireland, was slain by the hands of Balin."
From searching into a possible definition, here are some definitions that don't quite fit:
- From The Free Dictionary, referring to Juan Perón, former President of Argentinia, or his family;
- Referring to Peronism or Peronists, an Argentinian political movement, based on the political ideology of Juan Perón;
- Referring to the French word perron meaning "steps (to an entranceway)". I don't think Merlin could "set" steps (from the first quote).
Any hints towards the right definition would be helpful!