One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A house that perfectly suits a particular type of occupant.
2(Also with capital initials) a well-designed functional house along with its contents, especially as featured in the Ideal Home Exhibition or (later) in Ideal Home Magazine.
3(With capital initials) informal the Ideal Home Exhibition, an annual event (later called the Ideal Home Show) begun in 1908 and designed to exhibit everything associated with the ideal home.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in George Greenwood (1799–1875).
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