[ 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 formsger·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 Formsgermanely, adverbgermaneness, noun

Word Origin for germane

variant of german ²
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Word Origin and History for germane



mid-14c., "having the same parents," derived from german (adj.); cf. human/humane, urban/urbane. Main modern sense of "closely connected, relevant" (c.1600) derives from use in "Hamlet" Act V, Scene ii: "The phrase would bee more Germaine to the matter: If we could carry Cannon by our sides," which is a figurative use of the word in the now-obsolete sense of "closely related, akin" (late 15c.) in reference to things, not persons.

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