baize /beɪz/


I. noun [ mass noun]

1. a coarse felt-like woollen material that is typically green, used for covering billiard and card tables and for aprons.

[as modifier]

a baize apron.
– origin late 16th cent.: from French baies, feminine plural of bai ‘chestnut-coloured’ (see bay4), treated as a singular noun. The name is presumably from the original colour of the cloth, although several colours are recorded.

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