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1A member of a warlike humanoid alien species in the US television series Star Trek and its derivatives and sequels.
- ‘Today Star Trek has updated the look so as to make Klingons more menacing.’
- ‘It is the brainchild of Marc Okrand, who invented a complete language, with its own vocabulary, grammar, and usage to make the Klingons sound, well, more alien.’
- ‘The differences between the officers of the Empire in Star Wars and the uniforms of Klingons are immense and too numerous to get into here.’
- ‘A powerful space tornado is sweeping through the Federation and threatening to spark a war with the Klingons, who believe the tornado is some sort of human super weapon.’
- ‘For that matter, in all episodes of the original series, Klingons are portrayed as swarthy looking humans wearing black clothing.’
2[mass noun] The language of the Klingons.
- ‘You can buy dictionaries, teach-yourself CD-Roms, and audio tapes offering conversational Klingon for use during space travel or - more probably - at Star Trek conventions.’
- ‘County research has shown that Klingon has gone from being a fictional tongue to what many people - and not just fans - consider a complete language, with its own grammar, syntax and vocabulary.’
- ‘A German news service now offers the news in Klingon.’
- ‘Like Klingon or Esperanto, cyber-English can only be understood by those who use it, which means it's mostly techno-geeks and hardcore online chatters trying to impress each other.’
- ‘Oh and apparently he can speak fluent Klingon… so I am told at least.’
1960s: invented name.
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