mas·​cot | \ ˈma-ˌskät How to pronounce mascot (audio) also -skət \

Definition of mascot

: a person, animal, or object adopted by a group as a symbolic figure especially to bring them good luck the team had a mountain lion as their mascot

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Examples of mascot in a Sentence

The team had a mountain lion as their mascot. she wears a mascot made of ebony and silver on a chain around her neck
Recent Examples on the Web The Stallions had an actual stallion named Blond Wonder as mascot, cheerleaders called the Fillies and a former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback named Cliff Stoudt who used to back up Terry Bradshaw. al, 4 June 2021 In a 4-1 vote on Tuesday evening, the school board members reaffirmed the policy to prohibit the representation of the school by any race or ethnic group as a mascot, the Caledonian Record reported., 4 June 2021 The Western Hills High School graduate bought a slushy machine at a restaurant trade show, then came up with the name and hound dog mascot with the help of his mother and sister, and started his own company with $970. Jeff Suess, The Enquirer, 2 Apr. 2021 If there’s a decent number of Native Americans who are offended by something as simple to change as a name or mascot or logo for a school’s sports team, why not do it? Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 19 Feb. 2021 While Koronon is the first pandemic-specific mascot, other ones have also popped up to help fight Covid-19. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 12 May 2021 The Easter Bunny and Franklin the Penguin, who is the mascot of the district’s ice arena, waved to children and posed for photos with them., 30 Mar. 2021 Betty will be Cadbury's mascot in a national commercial this spring. Maria Morava And João Costa, CNN, 27 Mar. 2021 Her new friend, Butler Blue, is the official mascot of the Butler Bulldogs. Jonathan X. Simmons, The Indianapolis Star, 20 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of mascot

1881, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mascot

French mascotte, from Occitan mascoto, from masco witch, from Medieval Latin masca

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9 Jun 2021

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“Mascot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of mascot

: a person, animal, or object used as a symbol to represent a group (such as a sports team) and to bring good luck


mas·​cot | \ ˈmas-ˌkät How to pronounce mascot (audio) , -kət \

Kids Definition of mascot

: a person, animal, or object used as a symbol to represent a group (as a school or sports team) and to bring good luck


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