From Middle English bargaynen (“to bargain, make a pledge for sale”), from Anglo-Norman bargai(g)ner (“to bargain”), from Old French bargai(g)ner (“to bargain, haggle”), from Frankish *borganjan (“to borrow, lend”), from Proto-Germanic *burgijaną (“to borrow, lend”), from Proto-Indo-European *bhergh- (“to protect, secure”). Akin to Old High German boragēn, borgēn (“to look after, care for”) (German borgen), Old English borgian (“to borrow, lend, pledge”). More at borrow.
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- enPR: bä(r)gən, IPA(key): /ˈbɑː(ɹ)ɡən/, /ˈbɑː(ɹ).ɡɪn/
- Rhymes: -ɑː(ɹ)ɡən, -ɑː(ɹ)ɡɪn
bargain (plural bargains)
- An agreement between parties concerning the sale of property; or a contract by which one party binds himself to transfer the right to some property for a consideration, and the other party binds himself to receive the property and pay the consideration.
- An agreement or stipulation; mutual pledge.
- An item (usually brand new) purchased for significantly less than the usual, or recommended, price; also (when not qualified), a gainful transaction; an advantageous purchase.
- to buy a thing at a bargain
- At that price, it's not just a bargain, it's a steal.
- 1915, Mrs. Belloc Lowndes, The Lodger, chapter I:
- Thus the red damask curtains which now shut out the fog-laden, drizzling atmosphere of the Marylebone Road, had cost a mere song, and yet they might have been warranted to last another thirty years. A great bargain also had been the excellent Axminster carpet which covered the floor; […].
- The thing stipulated or purchased.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
- (intransitive) To make a bargain; to make a contract for the exchange of property or services; to negotiate; -- followed by with and for; as, to bargain with a farmer for a cow.
- So worthless peasants bargain for their wives. -- Shakespeare.
- united we bargain, divided we beg
- (transitive) To transfer for a consideration; to barter; to trade; as, to bargain one horse for another.