bargain


bargain
{{11}}bargain (n.) mid-14c., "business transaction or agreement," also "that which is acquired by bargaining," from O.Fr. bargaine, from bargaignier (see BARGAIN (Cf. bargain) (v.)). Meaning "article priced for special sale" is from 1899. A bargain basement (1899) originally was a basement floor in a store where bargains were displayed.
{{12}}bargain (v.) late 14c., from O.Fr. bargaignier (12c., Mod.Fr. barguigner) "to haggle over the price," perhaps from Frankish *borganjan "to lend," and ultimately from P.Gmc. *borgan (Cf. O.H.G. borgen; O.E. borgian, source of BORROW (Cf. borrow)). Another suggestion is that the French word comes from L.L. barca "a barge," because it "carries goods to and fro." There are difficulties with both suggestions. Related: Bargained; bargaining.

Etymology dictionary. 2014.

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