[ jer-meyn ]
/ dʒərˈmeɪn /


closely or significantly related; relevant; pertinent: Please keep your statements germane to the issue.
Obsolete. closely related.

Origin of germane

variant of german

Related forms

ger·mane·ly, adverbger·mane·ness, nounnon·ger·mane, adjectiveun·ger·mane, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for germane


/ (dʒɜːˈmeɪn) /


(postpositive usually foll by to) related (to the topic being considered); akin; relevantan idea germane to the conversation

Derived Forms

germanely, adverbgermaneness, noun

Word Origin for germane

variant of german ²
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