flotilla

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Etymology[edit]

From Spanish flotilla, diminutive of flota (fleet), from French flotte.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • Hyphenation: flo‧til‧la

Noun[edit]

flotilla (plural flotillas)

  1. (nautical) A small fleet of warships (usually of the same class), or a fleet of small ships.
    • 1919, Ronald Firbank, Valmouth, Duckworth, hardback edition, page 102:
      Toward the horizon a flotilla of fishing-boats showed immutable, pink-lacquered by the evening sun.

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