Definition of flotilla
1 : a fleet of ships or boats; especially : a navy organizational unit consisting of two or more squadrons of small warships
2 : an indefinite large number a flotilla of changes
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Recent Examples of flotilla from the Web
During last year’s Brexit referendum campaign, a flotilla of trawlermen steamed up the Thames to protest against European Union fishing quotas.
Roland Emmerich’s blockbuster — about a flotilla of imperialists from a galaxy beyond who do not come in peace — gets a 24-hour run.
In one of the strangest moments of the referendum campaign, U.K. Independence Party leader Nigel Farage and rock star Bob Geldof traded insults from rival flotillas along London’s River Thames.
That seed flotilla was suggested by the kitchen, said Cornils, dubious at first.
With the U.S. Coast Guard’s Eagle leading the way, 56 ships from 13 nations will parade in flotillas past the historic fort guarding Boston Harbor.
Another fun component of the Summer Solstice Festival is the Solstice Water Break, a canoe flotilla on the Fox River from Oswego to Yorkville.
Artist Katrina Brees founded the July 4th Flotilla, a waterborne patriotic parade, in 2012.
Separately, Iran is preparing to send a flotilla of warships first to Oman and then later to international waters north of the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden, Tasnim reported.
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Did You Know?
Flotilla comes from the diminutive form of the Spanish noun flota, meaning "fleet." Flota derives via Old French from Old Norse "floti" and is related to Old English "flota" ("ship"), an ancestor to our word float. Much like other words referring to groups of particular things (such as "swarm"), "flotilla" has taken on expanded usage to refer simply to a large number of something not necessarily having to do with nautical matters, often with humorous effect (e.g., "a flotilla of rather mature-looking male models" - Jed Perl, The New Republic).
FLOTILLA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of flotilla for English Language Learners
: a group of small ships
FLOTILLA Defined for Kids
Definition of flotilla for Students
: a fleet of usually small ships
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