from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A Turkish dynasty ruling in central and western Asia from the 11th to the 13th century.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A Persianate Muslim dynasty, of Oghuz Turkic origin, which established both the Great Seljuq Empire and Sultanate of Rum, between the 11th and 14th centuries, in large parts of Southwest Asia and Asia Minor, respectively.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to this dynasty, or to the empire/sultanate that it ruled.
  • n. A member of this dynasty.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A member of a Turkish family which furnished several dynasties of rulers in central and western Asia, from the eleventh to the thirteenth century.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. 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
  • adj. of or relating to the Seljuks


From Ottoman Turkish Seljūq, name of the reputed ancestor of the dynasty.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Originating from the old southwestern branch of Turkic languages. (Wiktionary)



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