In Klingon, there are four basic words for colors:

Klingon translation
Doq orange, red(1)
SuD green, blue, yellow(2)
qIj black(3)
chIS white(4)

Different shades

Different colors can be intensified by adding the rover-suffix qu'- ("very") or by distinguishing colors in wov (bright) and Hurgh ("dark"). One may replace the 'ej and by 'ach but .

Color Klingon Translation literally Source
SuDbluejust SuDTKD
SuD 'ej Hurghdark blueSuD and darkTalkNow
SuDqu' 'ej Hurghdark green to bluevery SuD and darkNOT CANON
SuDqu'"would probably be described as green"very SuDKGT, p. 82
SuDqu' 'ej wovpale green to yellowvery SuD and brightNOT CANON
SuD 'ej wov"a way to refer to a yellowish tinge"SuD and brightKGT, p. 82
SuD 'ej wovlight blueSuD and brightTalkNow
Doq 'ej wovred to orangeDoq and brightNOT CANON
Doqorange/redjust DoqTKD
Doqqu' 'ej wovpinkvery Doq and brightTalkNow
Doqqu'"a color more red than orange"very DoqKGT, p. 82
Doqqu' 'ej Hurghdarkredvery Doq and darkNOT CANON
Doq 'ej Hurghdarkred to brownDoq and darkNOT CANON
Doq 'ej wovbe'brownDoq and not brightHolQeD 8:1 p. 7
qIj 'ej wovgreyblack and brightTalkNow

[Please note that the displayed colors are only for visual reference and do not represent canon definitions.]

Colors with similes

Besides that, colors can be named by using similes:

Doq 'ej Qaj wuS rur It is Doq like kradge-lips. (a brownish tone)

Doq 'ej beqpuj rur It is Doq and resembles bekpuj (an orange mineral) (5)

See also

  • Klingon Jokes: "Are the warriors red?"


1 , 2 , 3 , 4 : The Klingon Dictionary

5 : Klingon for the Galactic Traveler

Category: Vocabulary    Latest edit: 11 Apr 2017, by MarcZankl    Created: 20 Jul 2014 by KlingonTeacher
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