[ 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, baiz·ing.

to line or cover with baize.

Nearby words

  1. bait-and-switch,
  2. baited,
  3. baitfish,
  4. baith,
  5. baiza,
  6. baja,
  7. baja california,
  8. baja california norte,
  9. baja california sur,
  10. bajada

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

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British Dictionary definitions for baize


/ (beɪz) /


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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