in the fictional universe of the Star Trek franchise: a member of a humanoid alien race, characterized by authoritarian brutality and a strict code of honor; (also) the language of this race, now widely studied as an artificial language
[invented by Gene L. Coon for the Star Trek episode ‘Errand of Mercy’; named after Wilber Clingan, a former colleague]
We are to proceed to Organia and take whatever steps are necessary to prevent the Klingons from using it as a base. Ibid. The Klingons are a military dictatorship. War is their way of life. Life under the Klingon rule would be very unpleasant.
The placid planet of Organia…deals with the threat of invasion by the hostile Klingon armies.
A Klingon warship is attacking us with photon bolts, and there are near misses going on all around us…explosions.
Physically, the Klingons are slightly oriental looking, dark complexioned, with bushy eyebrows that arch up at both ends. The men, without exception, are bearded. They have no patience with women.
I’m sure Leonard Nimoy wouldn’t sacrifice a good take for improper Klingonese, but we did the best we could to keep the language accurate.]
The system of writing Klingon…in this dictionary has been developed so people who already know how to read English will have a minimum of difficulty.
And the Klingons are very skillful about things like that.
There’s an added bonus for real Star Trek fans in the form of…an interactive point-and-click guide to the Klingon language.
The planet’s name was Chal, a Klingon term for Heaven.
Not even a Klingon really wanted to know the day of his own death.
He glanced at the base of the memorial spire, where the names of the Klingons’ victims were inscribed.
The natural universe, as every Klingon knew, was itself a fearful antagonist.
While ViA’s device cannot translate Klingon to Romulan, it does interpret seven other languages.
G. L. Coon, Star Trek episode 'Errand of Mercy'
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