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  1. a group of small naval vessels, especially a naval unit containing two or more squadrons.
  2. a group moving together: The governor was followed by a whole flotilla of reporters.
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Origin of flotilla

1705–15; < Spanish, diminutive of flota fleet < French flotte < Old English flota
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  1. a small fleet or a fleet of small vessels
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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.)).

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