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.

1705–15; < Spanish, diminutive of flota fleet < French flotte < Old English flota

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flotilla (fləˈtɪlə)
a small fleet or a fleet of small vessels
[C18: from Spanish flota fleet, from French flotte, ultimately from Old Norse floti]

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Word Origin & History

1711, "a small fleet," from Sp. flotilla, dim. of flota "float," from flotar "to float," of Gmc. origin (see float).
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Example sentences
The first of a flotilla to come, it carried wind-monitoring equipment as well
  as radar for tracking migratory birds.
Towards the end of the dinner they could not refrain from asking if the torpedo
  flotilla was to go round with the big ships.
In-line skaters, bicyclists and joggers stream past a flotilla of sailboats
  tethered in the marina.
The pyramid had been towed no more than a mile upstream when the slow-moving
  flotilla encountered an unexpectedly strong current.
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