\ ˈbāz How to pronounce baize (audio) \

Definition of baize

: a coarse woolen or cotton fabric napped to imitate felt

Examples of baize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web My favorite stopgap-sport has been the unfashionable ballet of the green baize, also known as snooker. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "The Agony and the Ecstasy of Vintage Snooker," 1 May 2020 Some gamblers go through elaborate rituals before casting their dice onto the green baize table. Richard Lederer, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Language insights into the games that people play," 22 June 2019 Also resting face down on the green baize was a corpse. Darryl Levings, kansascity, "Bob Potee was KC's courtly 19th century gambling king | The Kansas City Star," 26 Jan. 2018 But when the need takes you, just remove the baize-protecting top (in three sections) and crank a handle. Charlie Sorrel, WIRED, "Convertible Pool Table May Save Your Marriage," 18 May 2011

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First Known Use of baize

1578, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for baize

Middle French baies, plural of baie baize, from feminine of bai bay-colored — more at bay

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“Baize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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