Definition of Seljuk in English:

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Pronunciation: /selˈjo͞ok/ Pronunciation: /ˈselˌjo͞ok/


A member of any of the Turkish dynasties that ruled Asia Minor in the 11th to 13th centuries, successfully invading the Byzantine Empire and defending the Holy Land against the Crusaders.
Example sentences
  • Historians have traced its genealogy to the architecture found in Asia Minor under the rule of the Seljuks in the early centuries of the second millennium.
  • Their victories against the Seljuks in Asia Minor brought them close to the Nicaean empire, and Vatazes was forced to return to Asia Minor.
  • He also opposed the Khwarizmian Turks, who had succeeded the Seljuks in Asia Minor and who now were trying to make Nasir subject to them.


Relating to the Seljuks.
Example sentences
  • The invasions of the Seljuk Turkish dynasty introduced the Turkish language and customs.
  • In the 11th century the Seljuk Turks took large parts of Asia Minor and overran Anatolia, menacing Christian pilgrims on their way to Jerusalem.
  • In the eleventh century, the Seljuk Turks conquered Asia Minor (modern Turkey), which had been Christian since the time of St. Paul.



Pronunciation: /-ˈjo͞okēən/
adjective& noun
Example sentences
  • Isa Bey Mosque is one of the most delicate examples of Seljukian architecture.
  • The Seljukian sultans had only achieved a military occupation of the country which they had conquered.


From Turkish seljūq, the name of the reputed ancestor of the dynasty.

Words that rhyme with Seljuk

archduke, chibouk, duke, Farouk, fluke, kook, Luke, nuke, peruke, puke, rebuke, snook, souk, spruik, stook, tuque, zouk

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Syllabification: Sel·juk

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