baize

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

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  • Baize — is a coarse woollen (or in cheaper variants cotton) cloth, sometimes called felt in American English based on a similarity in appearance. It is most often used on snooker and billiards tables to cover the Cuegloss|Slate|slate and… …   Wikipedia

  • Baize — (b[=a]z), n. [For bayes, pl. fr. OF. baie; cf. F. bai bay colored. See {Bay} a color.] A coarse woolen stuff with a long nap; usually dyed in plain colors. [1913 Webster] A new black baize waistcoat lined with silk. Pepys. [1913 Webster] || …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • baize — [beız] n [U] ↑baize, ↑cue, ↑pocket [Date: 1500 1600; : French; Origin: baies, plural of baie baize , from bai; BAY3] thick cloth that is usually green, and is used to cover tables on which games such as ↑pool are played …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Baize — A heavy woollen cloth made from coarse warp and weft, and felted; usually dyed green or red, has a harsh feel, is loosely woven, with a long nap on both sides, and used for coverings for tables, screens, etc., 66 to 68 in. is the general width.… …   Dictionary of the English textile terms

  • baize — [bāz] n. [OFr baie, pl. baies, baize < L badius, chestnut brown] a thick woolen cloth made to resemble felt and often dyed green, used to cover billiard tables, etc …   English World dictionary

  • Baize — Baize, so v.w. Beize od. Falkenjagd …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Baize — Baize, Jagdbetrieb, s. Beize …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • baize — [ beız ] noun uncount thick green cloth used mainly for covering tables on which games such as POOL are played …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • baize — ► NOUN ▪ a felt like material that is typically green, used for covering billiard and card tables. ORIGIN French baies, from bai chestnut coloured …   English terms dictionary

  • baize — noun a) A coarse woolen stuff with a long nap; usually dyed in plain colors. my goods being all English manufacture, such as cloths, stuffs, baize, and things particularly valuable and desirable in the country, I found means to sell them to a… …   Wiktionary

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