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[beyz] /beɪz/
a soft, usually green, woolen or cotton fabric resembling felt, used chiefly for the tops of billiard tables.
an article of this fabric or of a fabric resembling it.
verb (used with object), baized, baizing.
to line or cover with baize.
Origin of baize
1570-80; earlier bayes < French baies (noun), Old French (estoffes fabrics) baies, feminine plural of bai (adj.) bay5 Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for baize
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  • Mary remained at the table, making sketches upon the baize cover with her pen-handle.

  • "You'll find us at our studies, you see," said the Doctor, as he opened the first baize door.

    Vice Versa F. Anstey
  • For the more effectual making of baize, in Colchester and other parts of Great Britain.

  • The profits also of the baize brought to Leadenhall are settled on the same hospital.

    London in 1731 Don Manoel Gonzales
  • It was only necessary to swing back the baize door to hear all that was taking place in the study.

    The Slave of Silence Fred M. White
  • In the morning to Church, where our pew all covered with rosemary and baize.

  • I always made them wear a very warm great coat, well lined with baize, and a fur cape or collar.

    The Young Mother William A. Alcott
  • (To Property Man) The baize doors at the rear, and curtains.

    Three Plays Luigi Pirandello
  • Walter followed him through the baize door and down the stone passage.

    The Eldest Son Archibald Marshall
  • This stick must be covered with baize or cloth sewed on tightly.

British Dictionary definitions for baize


a woollen fabric resembling felt, usually green, used mainly for the tops of billiard tables
(transitive) to line or cover with such fabric
Word Origin
C16: from Old French baies, plural of baie baize, from bai reddish brown, bay5, perhaps the original colour of the fabric
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Word Origin and History for baize

coarse woolen fabric, 1570s, bayse, from French baies, fem. plural of adjective bai "bay-colored," from Latin badius "chestnut-colored" (see bay (n.4)). Thus probably so called for its original color. French plural taken as a singular in English.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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