Baize



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.
to line or cover with baize.
Historical Examples

Mary remained at the table, making sketches upon the baize cover with her pen-handle.
The Catholic World, Vol. X, October 1869 Various

“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.
Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions Charles Mackay

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.
Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete Samuel Pepys

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.
Miss Leslie’s Lady’s New Receipt-Book Eliza Leslie

noun
a woollen fabric resembling felt, usually green, used mainly for the tops of billiard tables
verb
(transitive) to line or cover with such fabric
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.

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