Origin of baizeOld French baie, plural baies, baize from Classical Latin badius, chestnut-brown
a thick woolen cloth made to resemble felt and often dyed green, used to cover billiard tables, etc.
An often bright-green woolen or cotton material napped to imitate felt and used chiefly as a cover for gaming tables.
Origin of baizeMiddle French baies from feminine pl. of bai bay-colored (probably in reference to the original color of the cloth) from Old French; see bay 3.
- Government clerks set up their baize- covered tables and their pigeonholes of documents in small rooms.
- Cashmere, baize, waterproof ponchos of fine wool and silk, and many other fabrics are made by the Indians of the Andean departments.
- Encouraged Flemish settlers in the manufacture of baize ("bays and says"), which attained great importance, so that a charter of Charles I.
- She understood all that awaited her only when, after stepping over the red baize at the entrance, she entered the hall, took off her fur cloak, and, beside Sonya and in front of her mother, mounted the brightly illuminated stairs between the flowers.
- The weaving establishments (mainly broadcloth) of Leiden at the close of the 15th century were very important, and after the expulsion of the Spaniards Leiden cloth, Leiden baize and Leiden camlet were familiar terms. These industries afterwards declined, and in the beginning of the 19th century the baize manufacture was altogether given up. Linen and woollen manufactures are now the most important industries, while there is a considerable transit trade in butter and cheese.