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[floh-til-uh] /floʊˈtɪl ə/
a group of small naval vessels, especially a naval unit containing two or more squadrons.
a group moving together:
The governor was followed by a whole flotilla of reporters.
Origin of flotilla
1705-15; < Spanish, diminutive of flota fleet < French flotte < Old English flota Unabridged
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  • Once more the guns belched forth their leaden shower, which went skipping over the water towards the flotilla.

    Ungava R.M. Ballantyne
  • The flotilla drew around the curving water-front and toward the Gate.

    Stanford Stories Charles K. Field
  • These accounts, and a demand for bomb vessels to assist the Swedish flotilla, were sent to the Admiralty.

  • Perry, however, defeated the Mexican flotilla and captured all the boats.

  • So when the American flotilla was reported, the British hero set forth and in good time boarded the flag-ship of the flotilla.

    Our Navy in the War Lawrence Perry
British Dictionary definitions for flotilla


a small fleet or a fleet of small vessels
Word Origin
C18: from Spanish flota fleet, from French flotte, ultimately from Old Norse floti
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Word Origin and History for flotilla

1711, "a small fleet," from Spanish flotilla, diminutive of flota "float," from flotar "to float," of Germanic origin (see float (v.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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