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flotilla

[floh-til-uh] /floʊˈtɪl ə/
noun
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.
Origin of flotilla
1705-1715
1705-15; < Spanish, diminutive of flota fleet < French flotte < Old English flota
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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
  • As soon as this penetrated to the flagship, Grayson was decorated and given a flotilla.

    The Adventurer Cyril M. Kornbluth
  • These accounts, and a demand for bomb vessels to assist the Swedish flotilla, were sent to the Admiralty.

  • Instantly it was seen that quite a flotilla was approaching.

  • 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

flotilla

/fləˈtɪlə/
noun
1.
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
n.

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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