noun flo·til·la \flō-ˈti-lə\

: a group of small ships

Full Definition of FLOTILLA

:  a fleet of ships or boats; especially :  a navy organizational unit consisting of two or more squadrons of small warships
:  an indefinite large number <a flotilla of changes>

Origin of FLOTILLA

Spanish, diminutive of flota fleet, from Old French flote, from Old Norse floti; akin to Old English flota ship, fleet — more at float
First Known Use: 1711

Other Nautical Terms

avast, aweigh, flotsam, jib, keel, lee, port, starboard, stay
FLOTILLA Defined for Kids


noun flo·til·la \flō-ˈti-lə\

Definition of FLOTILLA for Kids

:  a fleet of usually small ships


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