Definition of Seljuk in English:



  • A member of any of the Turkish dynasties which ruled Asia Minor in the 11th to 13th centuries, successfully invading the Byzantine Empire and defending the Holy Land against the Crusaders.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Seljuks - forebears of the Ottoman Turks - carved out the Sultanate of Rum as the Abbasid caliphate lost its grip over Asia Minor.’
    • ‘First Seljuks and later Ottomans maintained pressure on Constantinople, hoping to take a symbol of unconquered strength and great strategic importance.’


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