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[si-loo-sid] /sɪˈlu sɪd/
noun, plural Seleucidae
[si-loo-si-dee] /sɪˈlu sɪˌdi/ (Show IPA)
a member of a Macedonian dynasty, 312–64 b.c., that ruled an empire that included much of Asia Minor, Syria, Persia, Bactria, and Babylonia.
of or relating to the Seleucids or their dynasty.
Origin of Seleucid
1850-55; < New Latin Seleucidēs < Greek Seleukídēs offspring of Seleucus i; see -id1 Unabridged
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  • After this success he will, for some years, refrain from attacking the Seleucid kings.

  • The times of the Seleucid had been a terrible epoch for female depravity.

    The Apostles Ernest Renan
  • Finally, in the hill-regions of the centre, as of the coasts, the Seleucid writ did not run.

    The Ancient East D. G. Hogarh
  • "I seek Amaryllis, the Seleucid," he said, recovering himself.

    The City of Delight Elizabeth Miller
  • In general, the Seleucid had surpassed the Romans in the taste for theatrical decorations as applied to great cities.

    The Apostles Ernest Renan
  • A treasure city and stud-depot of the Seleucid kings in the valley of the Orontes.

  • Moreover, the greater part of the Phnician towns enjoyed, under the Seleucid, a certain autonomy favourable to their industry.

    History of Julius Caesar Vol. 1 of 2 Napoleon III, Emperor of the French, 1808-1873.
  • Thus uniting their vessels with those of the Phnicians, the Seleucid launched upon the Mediterranean considerable armies.

    History of Julius Caesar Vol. 1 of 2 Napoleon III, Emperor of the French, 1808-1873.
British Dictionary definitions for Seleucid


noun (pl) -cids, -cidae (-sɪˌdiː)
a member of a royal dynasty (312–64 bc) that at the zenith of its power ruled over an area extending from Thrace to India
of, relating to, or supporting the Seleucids or their dynasty
Derived Forms
Seleucidan (sɪˈluːsɪdən) adjective
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Word Origin and History for Seleucid

1803, in reference to dynasty founded in Syria 312 B.C.E. by Seleucus Nicator, general of Alexander. It lasted until the Roman conquest 65 B.C.E. The Seleucidan Era, a local reckoning in the East (maintained by Syrian Christians) usually is dated to Sept. 1, 312 B.C.E.

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