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- a small fleet
- a fleet of boats or small ships
- ☆ U.S. Navy a unit consisting of two or more squadrons of destroyers or smaller vessels
Origin: Spanish diminutive of flota, a fleet ; from Old French flote ; from Old Norse floti ; from Germanic an unverified form flutan: for Indo-European base see flow
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- a. A small fleet.b. A fleet of small craft.
- a. A U.S. Navy organizational unit of two or more squadrons of small warships.b. A similar unit in the navy of another country.
- Informal A group of vehicles owned or operated as a unit: “Now [the limousine service] has a flotilla of about 150 cars, more than 200 uniformed chauffeurs” (People).
Origin: Spanish, diminutive of flota, fleet, from Old French flote, from Old Norse floti; see pleu- in Indo-European roots.