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, baiz·ing.

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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for baize

Historical Examples of baize

  • Then he unfolded a piece of baize: this also he spread flat on the paper.

  • Judy opened a baize door, which shut behind her with a bang.

    A Young Mutineer

    Mrs. L. T. Meade

  • The music retired into cases of wood and bags of leather and baize.

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

    Vice Versa

    F. Anstey

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

    London in 1731

    Don Manoel Gonzales

British Dictionary definitions for baize



a woollen fabric resembling felt, usually green, used mainly for the tops of billiard tables


(tr) to line or cover with such fabric

Word Origin for baize

C16: from Old French baies, plural of baie baize, from bai reddish brown, bay 5, 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.

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