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 i; see -id1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of seleucid

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for seleucid


noun plural -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 FormsSeleucidan (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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