The Klingon Dictionary

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1st edition of TKD

2nd edition of TKD

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new 2018 cover of TKD
The Klingon Dictionary (usually abbreviated as TKD) is the primary source that describes the Klingon language. The first half of the book is a description of the grammar, and the second half contains vocabulary lists with about 1,800 words, arranged in both English -> Klingon and Klingon -> English. One should note that there are some words which appear in one side and not the other.

There is no official count available of the number of copies purchased, but in the late 1990's it was said to be more than a quarter of a million.

Unless specified, the abbreviation "TKD" refers to the second edition, because that one is identical to the first edition plus the addendum (see below).

Table of Contents

An overview of chapters can be seen on the Portal Grammar.


First edition

The original 1985 edition is a smallish trade paperback, with a Klingon Bird of Prey depicted on a blue cover, and having yellowish pages with gold edging. The cover picture on the earliest printings is embossed; later printings are flat.

Second edition

A second edition was published in 1992, in a larger format and with a glossy white cover showing a photograph of three Klingons: Christopher Lloyd as Kruge, John Larroquette as Maltz, and Stephen Liska as Torg from Star Trek III: The Search for Spock. The same photograph appears on the box of the Conversational Klingon audiotape. The contents of this edition are page-for-page identical to the first, typographical errors and all, but it also includes an addendum at the end with a few pages of additional grammatical clarifications and some more vocabulary.

Red edition

In March 2018, Simon & Schuster released a new cover for TKD. This is still the second edition with the same ISBN of the original Klingon Dictionary, it's just a new cover, but not an updated version. The contents are identical.



Private projects


Since 2008 the book is available for E-book readers.(1)


. First edition Second edition
Author Marc Okrand Marc Okrand
Published 1985 1992
Publisher Pocket Books Pocket Books
ISBN 0-671-54349-0 0-671-74559-X
Pages 176 192
Size 106 x 172 mm 135 x 210 mm
Weight 96 g 174 g

See also


1 : Star Trek: The Klingon Dictionary eBook: Marc Okrand on Kindle-Shop, 09 Sep 2009

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