- any of various sails set above the royals or skysails in light weather; jolly jumper.
- any of various light upper staysails, studdingsails, or jibs.
- (in yachting) any of various racing sails, as spinnakers or balloon jibs.
Origin of flying kite
First recorded in 1810–20
Also called kite.
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