General English

  • adjective if something is relevant, it has something to do with the thing being mentioned



  • adjective having to do with what is being discussed or the current situation

Information & Library Science

  • adjective connected with and appropriate for what is being discussed or written about

Origin & History of “relevant”

Relevant comes ultimately from the present participle of Latin relevāre ‘raise’, source of English relief and relieve. The modern English sense ‘appropriate’ probably developed from a medieval application of relevāre to ‘take up’, hence ‘take possession of property’, which led to relevant being used as a legal term for ‘connected with’.