Meaning of “fleet” in the English Dictionary

"fleet" in British English

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fleetnoun [ C ]

uk /fliːt/ us /fliːt/

fleet noun [ C ] (SHIPS)

C1 a group of ships, or all of the ships in a country's navy:

a fleet of 20 sailing ships
a fishing fleet
The entire Spanish fleet was defeated within 6 hours.

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  • The Allied fleet is on its way to the Gulf.
  • The British fleet came under attack by enemy aircraft.
  • A fleet of fishing boats was blocking the entrance to the port.
  • Two destroyers will join the Russian fleet.
  • The attack destroyed almost half of the U.S. fleet.


uk /fliːt/ us /fliːt/ literary

(Definition of “fleet” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"fleet" in American English

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fleetnoun [ C ]

us /flit/

fleet noun [ C ] (SHIPS)

all the ships in the navy of a country, or a number of ships operating as a unit within a navy

fleet noun [ C ] (VEHICLES)

a number of aircraft, buses, cars, or other vehicles under the control of one company or organization:

He owns a fleet of taxis.

(Definition of “fleet” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"fleet" in Business English

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fleetnoun [ C ]

uk /fliːt/ us TRANSPORT

a number of cars, buses, planes, etc. under the control of one person or organization:

The company has around 1000 buses in its fleet.
a fleet of 20 corporate jets
a vehicle/aircraft/bus fleet
car rental fleets

a group of boats or ships travelling together:

a fleet of yachts

(Definition of “fleet” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)