From French baies, feminine plural of adjective bai (“bay-colored”) mistaken as a singular noun.
baize (countable and uncountable, plural baizes)
- A thick, soft, usually woolen cloth resembling felt; often colored green and used for coverings on card tables, billiard and snooker tables, etc.
- (dated) A coarse woolen stuff with a long nap; usually dyed in plain colors.
1719, Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe:
- 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 very great advantage...
woollen cloth used for covering card tables etc.
baize (third-person singular simple present baizes, present participle baizing, simple past and past participle baized)
- To cover or line with baize.