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1. An agreement between parties fixing obligations that each promises to carry out. See Synonyms at agreement.
a. An agreement establishing the terms of a sale or exchange of goods or services: reached a bargain with the antique dealer over the lamp.
b. Property acquired or services rendered as a result of such an agreement.
3. Something offered or acquired at a price advantageous to the buyer: That silk dress is a bargain at that price.
v. bar·gained, bar·gain·ing, bar·gains
1. To negotiate the terms of an agreement, as to sell or exchange.
2. To engage in collective bargaining.
3. To arrive at an agreement.
To exchange; trade: bargained my watch for a meal.
Phrasal Verb:
bargain for (or on)
To count on; expect: "I never bargained for this tearing feeling inside me" (Anne Tyler).
into/in the bargain
Over and above what is expected; in addition.

[Middle English, from Old French bargaigne, haggling, from bargaignier, to haggle, of Germanic origin; see bhergh- in Indo-European roots.]

bar′gain·er n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bargainer - someone who purchases and maintains an inventory of goods to be soldbargainer - someone who purchases and maintains an inventory of goods to be sold
art dealer - a dealer in works of art requiring esthetic evaluation
barterer - a trader who exchanges goods and not money
bibliopole, bibliopolist - a dealer in secondhand books (especially rare or curious books)
cheesemonger - someone who sells cheese
barrow-boy, barrow-man, costermonger - a hawker of fruit and vegetables from a barrow
cutler - a dealer in cutlery
draper - a dealer in fabrics and sewing materials (and sometimes in clothing and drygoods)
fence - a dealer in stolen property
fishmonger, fishwife - someone who sells fish
horse trader - a hard bargainer
hardwareman, ironmonger - someone who sells hardware; "in England they call a hardwareman an ironmonger"
mercer - a dealer in textiles (especially silks)
merchandiser, merchant - a businessperson engaged in retail trade
seedman, seedsman - a dealer in seeds
slopseller, slop-seller - a dealer in cheap ready-made clothing
stamp dealer - a dealer in stamps (whose customers are stamp collectors)
stock trader - someone who buys and sells stock shares
2.bargainer - negotiator of the terms of a transactionbargainer - negotiator of the terms of a transaction; "he is a hard bargainer"
haggler - an intense bargainer
negotiant, negotiator, treater - someone who negotiates (confers with others in order to reach a settlement)


[ˈbɑːrgɪnər] n (= negotiator) → négociateur/trice m/f
to be a hard bargainer → être un redoutable négociateurbargain hunter bargain-hunter npersonne f à l'affût des bonnes occasions


n to be a good/bad bargainerhandeln/nicht handeln können; (in negotiations) → gut/nicht gut verhandeln können; to be a hard bargainerhart handeln or (in negotiations) → verhandeln
References in classic literature ?
The illustrious Tamaahmaah, as we have shown on a former occasion, was a shrewd bargainer, and in the present instance proved himself an experienced wrecker.
And now there is no need for you, bargainer though you are, to be furiously angry.
Rebecca was entirely surprised at the sight of the comfortable old house where she had met with no small kindness, ransacked by brokers and bargainers, and its quiet family treasures given up to public desecration and plunder.
Tom DeBruin, President of SEIU District 1199P and Beverly workers' chief bargainer, praised the decision, which found for the union on dozens of charges.
Faced with a hard bargainer in Serbia's President Milosevic, the realistic goal is to ``marginalize'' Karadzic and Mladic, he said.
Union workers at the Eugene Water & Electric Board will vote on a contract proposal sometime early next week, the lead bargainer for International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 659 said Monday.
She was the first woman in the auto industry to serve as a main-table bargainer in national UAW contract negotiations, while at the Ford Motor Company.
Ron Johnson, the union's lead bargainer, said it's within EWEB's prerogative to implement its final offer.
Both votes were 100-42, according to Ron Johnson, the local representative for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and lead bargainer.
Nothing came of it - there was no movement whatsoever, from them or from us," said Rod Johnson, assistant business manager and lead bargainer for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.
Ron Johnson, the union's assistant business manager and lead bargainer, said he's approaching Thursday's mediation session with high hopes.