- noting or pertaining to any of several Turkish dynasties that ruled over large parts of Asia from the 11th to the 13th centuries.
- a member of a Seljuk dynasty or of a tribe ruled by them.
Also Sel·juk·i·an [sel-joo-kee-uh n] /sɛlˈdʒu ki ən/.
Origin of Seljuk
First recorded in 1825–35
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Examples from the Web for seljuk
It contains the ruins of a castle and of several Seljuk mosques.
I shall suppose that the downfall of the Seljuk empire brought to their standards a great number of their own race.
They must have gone still further, for we find that Aseddin, the mother of one of the Seljuk dynasties, was a Christian.
It soon became the capital of the Seljuk state, and one of the most brilliant cities of the world.
The Seljuk princes were too much absorbed by internal strife to concentrate against the new assailants.
- a member of any of the pre-Ottoman Turkish dynasties ruling over large parts of Asia in the 11th, 12th, and 13th centuries ad
- of or relating to these dynasties or to their subjects
C19: from Turkish
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Word Origin and History for seljuk
Turkish dynasty of 11c.-13c., c.1600 (Selzuccian), from Turkish seljuq, name of reputed ancestor of the dynasty.
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