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From Ottoman Turkish سلجوق(selcuk), from Arabic سَلْجُوق(saljūq), a corruption of Oghuz Turkic *Sälčük.[1] Compare modern Turkish Selçuk.


Proper noun[edit]

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  1. The founder of 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.
    the House of Seljuk



Seljuk (not comparable)

  1. Of or pertaining to this dynasty, or to the empire/sultanate that it ruled.
    Seljuk architecture
    Synonyms: Seljukian, Seljukid
    • 1947, Faenza:
      The designs, it is true, are more Seljuk than Ottoman (11). But Miletus was never really a Seljuk city, and of course at Constantinople the Ottomans succeeded directly to the Byzantines.
    • 1971, History Today:
      Like so many other Anatolian strongholds , Nicaea had become Seljuk without a fight, and almost at Byzantine invitation. The Turks found themselves in possession of a still impressive city.
    • 1992, Robertson McCarta, Nelles Guide: Turkey, Seven Hills Books, →ISBN:
      Manisa became Seljuk in 1313 and Ottoman in 1390. The Ottoman sultans Murat II and Murat III were particularly fond of Manisa and happily resided here.
    • 1989, Marianne Mehling, Turkey, Phaidon Press:
      It became Seljuk in the 11C and Mongol in the 13C. The important medieval trading centre was used from the 16C as the residence of the 'Begs', Kurdish feudal lords who were able to maintain their independence of the Ottoman Empire ...
    • 2014, Dimitri Korobeinikov, Byzantium and the Turks in the Thirteenth Century, OUP Oxford, →ISBN, page 142:
      This unhappy peace had been signed by March 1206 (the terminus ad quem). Given that between 13 April and 6 July 1204 Laodikeia became Seljuk, that in August (the terminus post quem) of the same year Kay-Khusraw I refused to cede Laodikeia and Chonai to Theodore I, []
    • 2016, Kallirroe Linardou; Leslie Brubaker, Eat, Drink, and Be Merry (Luke 12:19) – Food and Wine in Byzantium: Papers of the 37th Annual Spring Symposium of Byzantine Studies, In Honour of Professor A.A.M. Bryer, Routledge, →ISBN:
      Maurozome's possessions, Laodikeia and Chonai, which had been given to him according to the treaty between Theodore I and the sultan by March 1206, finally became Seljuk in AH 603 (8 August 1206 - 27 July 1207).
    • 2018, Sharon R. Steadman; Gregory McMahon, The Archaeology of Anatolia Volume II: Recent Discoveries (2015-2016), Cambridge Scholars Publishing, →ISBN, page 113:
      Metal objects retrieved from these rooms look distinctly more Seljuk than Byzantine in nature and have resulted in our re-evaluation of when the site may have been abandoned.



Seljuk (plural Seljuks)

  1. A member of this dynasty.
    the Great Seljuks
    Synonyms: Seljukian, Seljukid



  1. ^ Histoire des campagnes de Gengis Khan[1] (in French), 1951, page 399