- 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
Examples from the Web for flotilla
The pendant light is a flotilla of hot air balloons hand blown in glass.OMG I Want That ...Nursery (Royal Edition)
May 9, 2013
But I was oddly pleased when I heard that 500 people were treated for hypothermia after the flotilla.Amis on Harry: 'He's Ginge, He's Loud...'
July 25, 2012
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will travel in the Royal Barge which will form the centrepiece of the flotilla.Jubilee Events in London
May 31, 2012
The two countries are facing a major diplomatic rupture over a report on the Gaza flotilla raid, and neither side is backing down.Israel and Turkey Sever Ties
September 2, 2011
Flotilla organizers say someone sabotaged two of their ships currently docked in Greece.The Gaza Flotilla PR Battle
June 29, 2011
As soon as this penetrated to the flagship, Grayson was decorated and given a flotilla.The Adventurer
Cyril M. Kornbluth
The officers on board the flotilla had no doubt at all that the danger was real.
A broad stream of dazzling foam trailed behind the flotilla.Tales of Unrest
Again the war-drum is heard, just as the flotilla is passing a small island.From Pole to Pole
Sven Anders Hedin
Instantly it was seen that quite a flotilla was approaching.Young Glory and the Spanish Cruiser
Walter Fenton Mott
- a small fleet or a fleet of small vessels
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.)).