Definition of baize in English:



mass noun
  • A coarse, typically green woollen material resembling felt, used for covering billiard and card tables.

    • ‘A pack of cards appeared and, before anybody could protest, my father's folding card table with the green baize top had been set up.’
    • ‘And I know you just must be gutted that your charismatic guru, the voice and the face of so many shifts at the green baize is finally tossing in the chalk.’
    • ‘Each table is separated from its neighbour by a partition, creating four small, brightly-lit theatres in the larger gloom, theatres in which players duel to the death across the green baize.’
    • ‘But Manchester snooker fans have one last chance to see the ‘Rocket’ in action before his self-imposed exile from the green baize.’
    • ‘TWO of the greatest ever exponents of hitting a ball on the green baize will soon be helping to raise funds for St Vincent's Hospital, Mountmellick.’
    • ‘In the end, the 69th National billiards championship held at the Hari Niwas Palace in Jammu will be remembered more for the boardroom tables than the green baize tables.’
    • ‘A nice touch is the addition of particle dust effects and chalk marks appearing occasionally on the otherwise immaculate green baize.’
    • ‘It is the latest in a long line of triumphs for the player but only last year the 26-year-old was on the brink of giving up the green baize due to a lack of funds, following a bout of defeats.’
    • ‘If a streaker is flicked on to the green baize pitch, play must cease until the opposing player has ‘apprehended’ him or her, by flicking their policeman into position to make an ‘arrest’.’
    • ‘In terms of his temperament, Advani is very different from Agarwal and it is because of this, lovers of the green baize sport would be confident that this young man will go on to become India's first great professional snooker player.’
    • ‘And yet, away from the green baize, this was the man who was part of a winning team in the Australian surfing championship and who also played in the Aussie Rules first division for 10 years.’
    • ‘With hands and eyes free, you can soak up the delights of the Balinese countryside: the green baize of the paddy fields, the split gate temples, the daily processions.’
    • ‘There, just across the asphalt, lay the cemetery, and in it a newly erected green tent covering a freshly dug grave, two rows of chairs covered in green baize waiting to receive us just as the earth waited to receive the casket.’
    • ‘The interactive TV service will consist of a looped series of images and sounds, including clips of snooker balls rolling across the green baize, frisbees flying through the air, cat toys and cartoon characters such as Top Cat.’
    • ‘The man moved off and Adam stepped through a further doorway and followed him through a maze of green baize covered card tables.’
    • ‘‘I was Merlin the Magician of the green baize,’ he added, referring to his years on top of the snooker world.’
    • ‘The graphics are OK - I mean how hard is it to draw green baize? - while the players slightly resemble their real-life incarnations.’
    • ‘Both players are no strangers to York, having played league and exhibition matches in the city several times over the years, but this is the first time the two green baize giants have come face to face in York.’
    • ‘The leisure centre has put in an application to City of York Council for a ‘track betting licence’ - allowing it to pitch betting stands allowing punters to put some cash on the action on the green baize.’
    • ‘And although he may have curbed his gambling, Jimmy still likes playing the odd long shot on the green baize.’


Late 16th century: from French baies, feminine plural of bai ‘chestnut-coloured’ (see bay), treated as a singular noun. The name is presumably from the original colour of the cloth, although several colours are recorded.