[ si-loo-sid ]

noun,plural Se·leu·ci·dae [si-loo-si-dee]. /sɪˈlu sɪˌdi/.
  1. 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.

  1. of or relating to the Seleucids or their dynasty.

Origin of Seleucid

1850–55; <New Latin Seleucidēs <Greek Seleukídēs “offspring of Seleucus ”; see -id1

Words Nearby Seleucid Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use Seleucid in a sentence

  • The power of the empire of the Seleucid went on increasing until the time when the Romans seized upon it.

    History of Julius Caesar Vol. 1 of 2 | Napoleon III, Emperor of the French, 1808-1873.
  • The times of the Seleucid had been a terrible epoch for female depravity.

    The Apostles | Ernest Renan

British Dictionary definitions for Seleucid


/ (sɪˈluːsɪd) /

nounplural -cids or -cidae (-sɪˌdiː)
  1. 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

  1. of, relating to, or supporting the Seleucids or their dynasty

Derived forms of Seleucid

  • Seleucidan (sɪˈluːsɪdən), adjective

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