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 (sĕl′jo͞ok′, sĕl-jo͞ok′)
A Turkish dynasty ruling in central and western Asia from the 11th to the 13th century.

[From Ottoman Turkish Seljūq, name of the reputed ancestor of the dynasty.]


(sɛlˈdʒuːk) or


(Historical Terms) a member of any of the pre-Ottoman Turkish dynasties ruling over large parts of Asia in the 11th, 12th, and 13th centuries ad
(Historical Terms) of or relating to these dynasties or to their subjects
[C19: from Turkish]



also Sel•juk′i•an,

1. noting or pertaining to any of several Turkish dynasties that ruled over parts of SW Asia from the 11th to the 13th centuries.
2. a member of a Seljuk dynasty or of a tribe ruled by them.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Seljuk - any one of the Turkish dynasties that ruled Asia Minor from the 11th to the 13th centuries; they successfully invaded Byzantium and defended the Holy Land against Crusaders
dynasty - a sequence of powerful leaders in the same family
Adj.1.Seljuk - of or relating to the Seljuks
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For example, the "Seljuk-name" narrative on the war between the Georgians and the Seljukians in 1164 states that slave girls "like pearl and angels" became the booty of the Seljukian soldiers'.