A fleet is usually a large group of ships, but it can be any group of vessels like planes or cars that operate as a unit. A naval fleet is the largest formation of warships. A naval fleet at sea is like an army on land.

  • Pronunciation: /fliːt/
  • English Description: a group of ships, or all the ships in a navy
  • Chinese Translation: 舰队(Jian4 Dui4)
  • Spanish Translation: flota
  • STORY: One meaning of fleet comes from the Old English fleot, meaning “ship,” “raft,” or “floating vessel.” Although a fleet is usually a group of ships or airplanes operating under the same ownership, any group of vessels sailing together can be called a fleet, even you and your friends in a fleet of kayaks. Another meaning of fleet originates in the Old English flēotan, which means “moving swiftly.” When it’s used in that way, it’s usually in the -ing form, fleeting.


  • The military's two most important drone fleets operate out of the Air Force and the Army.Washington Post May 15, 2015

  • The U.S. military also says the militants' takeover of a key oil refinery and capture of a government compound in Ramadi are only fleeting gains.

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