[not usually before noun] germane (to something) (formal) (of ideas, remarks, etc.) connected with something in an important or appropriate way synonym relevant remarks that are germane to the discussion The report contains matters that are germane to the case. This issue may or may not be regarded as germane. Word Origin early 17th cent.: variant of german, with which it was synonymous from Middle English. The current sense has arisen from a usage in Shakespeare's Hamlet.