If someone agrees to sell a product at 10 percent off as long as the other person orders at least 12, that is an example of a bargain.
To barter with another farmer to exchange a certain number of eggs for a certain amount of beef is an example of bargain.
Bargained my watch for a meal.
That silk dress is a bargain at that price.
To buy a thing at a bargain.
At that price, it's not just a bargain, it's a steal.
So worthless peasants bargain for their wives. -- Shakespeare.
United we bargain, divided we beg.
A purchase made at a sale is an example of a bargain.
To make a bad bargain.
- Over and above what is expected; in addition.
- To try to get cheaply.
- To expect; anticipate; count on.
- Beyond what has been agreed on; in addition.
Origin of bargain
- Middle English from Old French bargaigne haggling from bargaignier to haggle of Germanic origin bhergh-1 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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 *burganą (“to borrow, lend”), from Proto-Indo-European *bhergh- (“to protect, secure”). Akin to Old High German bor(a)gēn (“to look after, care for”) (German borgen), Old English borgian (“to borrow, lend, pledge”). More at borrow.