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show house

or showhouse

theater (def 1).
Origin of show house
1520-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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Historical Examples
  • Beyond this show-house lie the small structures devoted to "hybridization," but I deal with them in another chapter.

    About Orchids Frederick Boyle
  • I heerd say it was to be the show-house of the whole county.

    What Will He Do With It, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • I did not visit the show-house of Blenheim, for I had seen it before; moreover, show-houses are not to my mind.

    A Leisurely Tour in England James John Hissey
  • The two which opened first were removed into his show-house.

    Flowers and Flower-Gardens David Lester Richardson
  • Then he took Dunk firmly by the arm and marched him out of a side entrance of the show-house.

    Andy at Yale Roy Eliot Stokes
British Dictionary definitions for show-house

show house

a house on a new estate that is decorated and furnished for prospective buyers to view
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Contemporary definitions for show-house
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