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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
1705-1715
1705-15; < Spanish, diminutive of flota fleet < French flotte < Old English flota
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Examples for flotilla
  • 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.
  • In the flotilla incident, after two minutes the world was against us.
  • It is participating in many of the festivities, including a big flotilla last month.
  • All eyes and a flotilla of spacecraft focus on the celestial celebrity.
  • Unfortunately, that purpose was achieved with the first flotilla incident.
  • Many boats sport creative decorations in a flotilla that lasts for hours.
  • The response team used canoes and kayaks to form a flotilla and gently urge the whales back to open water.
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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