Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A small fleet.
  • noun A fleet of small craft.
  • noun A naval unit consisting of two or more squadrons of small warships.
  • noun Informal A group of vehicles owned or operated as a unit.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A little fleet; a fleet of small vessels.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A little fleet, or a fleet of small vessels.

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  • noun nautical A small fleet of warships (usually of the same class), or a fleet of small ships.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a fleet of small craft
  • noun a United States Navy fleet consisting of two or more squadrons of small warships

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Spanish, diminutive of flota, fleet, from Old French flote, from Old Norse floti; see pleu- in Indo-European roots.]

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

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