One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A member of a warlike humanoid alien species in the US television series Star Trek and its derivatives and sequels.
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Today Star Trek has updated the look so as to make Klingons more menacing.’
2mass noun The language of the Klingons.‘the site is also available in synthetic languages like Esperanto and Klingon’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘A German news service now offers the news in Klingon.’
1960s: invented name.
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