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.