Baize

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 Cuegloss|Cushion|cushions.

woollen baize, while rather more fuzzy, "slow" cloth is common used for Cuegloss|Bar pool|bar/pub pool.

For gaming use it is traditionally dyed green, in mimicry of a lawn "(see Cue sport, "History")", thus the common (British English) phrase "the green baize", a metaphoric way to refer to snooker itself. Today, a wide variety of colours are now used for tables (for other uses such as clothing it has always been available in other colours).

The word is related to the cloth term "bays" (sometimes encountered as "bays and says").

ee also

*"Billy the Kid and the Green Baize Vampire"


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  • 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 — 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 …   Etymology dictionary

  • 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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