Definition of Spanish Succession, War of the in English:

Spanish Succession, War of the

proper noun

  • A European war (1701–14), provoked by the death without issue of the Spanish king Charles II. The Grand Alliance of Britain, the Netherlands, and the Holy Roman emperor threw back a French invasion of the Low Countries, and, although the Peace of Utrecht confirmed the accession of a Bourbon king in Spain, prevented Spain and France from being united under one crown.