American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- A Turkish dynasty ruling in central and western Asia from the 11th to the 13th century.
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. The chief Seljuks were Toghrul Beg, who defeated the Abbasid califs of Bagdad in the eleventh century, and his successors Alp Arslan and Melik Shah. In distinction from the Ottoman Turks, often called
- 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.
- 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
- Originating from the old southwestern branch of Turkic languages. (Wiktionary)
- From Ottoman Turkish Seljūq, name of the reputed ancestor of the dynasty. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The three firlt were poflefled by the princes of the fame family, called Seljuk, and Turks, of the fame tribe or tribes.”
“Nicaea was then the capital of the Seljuk Turks who had captured it from the Byzantine in 1077.”
“In 1084 still other Seljuk armies captured the ancient Christian capital of Antioch.”
“In 1055 an Asian tribal group, the Seljuk Turks, had established themselves as rulers of Baghdad and thus leaders of the Sunni Muslim world.”
“Since Ani's heyday in the 10th and 11th centuries, Seljuk, Georgian, Mongol and Timurid armies have breached its walls.”
“Scala/Art Resource, NY An undated illustration of the taking of Antioch, in present-day Turkey, during the First Crusade The first great expansion of Islam came to an end in the middle of the eighth century, but with the conversion of the Seljuk Turks from Central Asia, Islam resumed its relentless drive westward.”
“Foremost among them were the Seljuk Turks and the caliphs in Baghdad (the Assassins murdered two caliphs).”
“They belong to the old Seljuk stock, and the cradle of their tribe gave birth to the present rulers of the Turkish Empire.”
“His invasion was a throwback to Mussolini, Genghis Khan, and the Seljuk Turks.”
“The conquest of most of Asia Minor by the Seljuk Turks late in the 11th century from the old surviving Roman Empire whose emperor's appeal to the West can be said to have directly inspired the Crusades took place far from western Europe.”
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