S tlhIngan
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word type: noun, TKD chapter 3.

plural: tlhInganpu' (beings capable of language)
This noun is made of the parts tlhIng and ngan.


The Klingon Dictionary p. 111

Canon examples

tlhIngan jIH
I am a Klingon. (TKD p. 67)

tlhIngan maH
We are Klingons. (TKW p. 3)

bogh tlhInganpu', SuvwI'pu' moj, Hegh.
Klingons are born, live as warriors, then die. (TKW p. 5)

SuvmeH 'ej charghmeH bogh tlhInganpu'.
Klingons are born to fight and to conquer. (TKW p. 5)

lumbe' tlhInganpu'.
Klingons do not procrastinate. (TKW p. 9)

Hem tlhIngan Segh 'ej maHemtaH 'e' wIHech.
Klingons are a proud race, and we intend to go on being proud. (TKW p. 13)

ropchoHbe' tlhInganpu'.
Klingons do not get sick. (TKW p. 40)

vulchoHbe' tlhInganpu'.
Klingons do not faint. (TKW p. 40)

QongDaqDaq Qotbe' tlhInganpu'.
Klingons do not lie in bed. (TKW p. 40)

not toj tlhInganpu'.
Klingons never bluff. (TKW p. 46)

tlhIngan quv DatIchDI' Seng yIghuH.
When you insult a Klingon's honor, prepare for trouble. (TKW p. 56)

quv Hutlh HoHbogh tlhIngan 'ach qabDaj 'angbe'bogh.
The Klingon who kills without showing his face has no honor. (TKW p. 59)

Qu'Daj ta'taHvIS Hegh 'e' tul Hoch tlhIngan.
To die in the line of duty is the hope of every Klingon. (TKW p. 74)

DujDaj HubtaHvIS Hegh 'e' tul Hoch tlhIngan.
To die defending his ship is the hope of every Klingon. (TKW p. 74)

wo' toy'taHvIS Hegh 'e' tul Hoch tlhIngan.
To die while serving the Empire is the hope of every Klingon. (TKW p. 74)

reH Suvrup tlhIngan SuvwI'.
A Klingon warrior is always prepared to fight. (TKW p. 77)

not lay'Ha' tlhIngan.
No Klingon ever breaks his word. (TKW p. 80)

Derived and related words

tlhIngan Hol Klingon language
tlhIngan Hubbeq Klingon defense force
tlhIngan wo' Klingon Empire


Derived from the English word Klingon, which originated from a person named Wilbur Clingun.

More Information

From the given examples, it seems this words does not only refer to the person ("a Klingon") but it can also be interpreted adjectivally as "of Klingon origin". For example, while it is clear that tlhIngan Hol is the "language of the Klingons", the proverb talking about a tlhIngan SuvwI' (TKW p. 77) refers to "a warrior that is of Klingon origin" but not "warrior of Klingons".

Most of the times, it can be interpreted in both ways, as tlhIngan Segh could mean both "race of the Klingons" or "race which is Klingon".

See also

ngan inhabitant

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