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Definition of ‘baize’

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baize

(bz
)

uncountable noun

Baize is a thick woollen material which is used for covering tables on which games such as cards and snooker are played.

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baize in British

(beɪz
)

noun

1. 

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

2. (transitive)

to line or cover with such fabric
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Word origin of ‘baize’

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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baize in American

(beɪz
; bāz)

noun

a thick woolen cloth made to resemble felt and often dyed green, used to cover billiard tables, etc.

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Word origin of ‘baize’

OFr baie, pl. baies, baize < L badius, chestnut-brown

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Fox opened the green baize door and the Russian passed through. Higgins, Jack CONFESSIONAL (2002)Before them was a table covered in green baize and behind it Mr Perkins. Philip Marsden THE MAIN CAGES (2002)

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baize

[beyz]
noun
  1. a soft, usually green, woolen or cotton fabric resembling felt, used chiefly for the tops of billiard tables.
  2. an article of this fabric or of a fabric resembling it.
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verb (used with object), baized, baiz·ing.
  1. 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
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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.

    A Pair of Blue Eyes

    Thomas Hardy

  • 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.

    The Four Million

    O. Henry

  • “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

baize

noun
  1. a woollen fabric resembling felt, usually green, used mainly for the tops of billiard tables
verb
  1. (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
Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for baize
n.

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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