mas·cot | \ˈmas-ˌkät also -kət \

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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Synonyms & Antonyms for mascot


amulet, charm, fetish (also fetich), mojo, phylactery, talisman


hoodoo, jinx

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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

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Here are a few reactions from UCF fans: While UCF fans may not have appreciated the anthem, no one seemed to object to highlighting the Golden Knights’ mascot during the pregame show that had the feel of a Vegas show. Iliana Limón Romero,, "UCF fans take issue with Las Vegas Golden Knights' national anthem twist," 29 May 2018 The first clown viewers see looked strikingly like Ronald McDonald, which, of course, appeared to be Burger King trolling their competitor McDonald’s as Ronald is the mascot of the burger company. Mariah Haas,, "A Burger King in Massachusetts Just Asked Its Neighbor Wendy's to Prom," 9 May 2018 While Bucky Badger is the beloved mascot of the Wisconsin sports programs, Bucknell's Bison also goes by the name Bucky. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "68 Degrees of Separation: a Wisconsin connection to every team in the 2018 NCAA Tournament," 12 Mar. 2018 The gremlin is the mascot of mySugr, an Austrian startup Roche bought for 70 million Swiss francs ($75 million) last June. Naomi Kresge,, "Roche's Sinking Diabetes Unit Looks Toward a Monster for a Boost," 26 Feb. 2018 In these nine pages, Orange does a reality check on American history, sharing the true accounts of massacres and beheadings, of cultural annihilation and appropriation (sports team mascots, anyone?). Joan Gaylord, The Christian Science Monitor, "'There There' weaves a powerful tale of contemporary urban Native Americans," 2 July 2018 Geoffrey had been the mascot for Toys R Us since 1969, succeeding Dr. G Raffe in the position, according to Behind The Thrills. Don Sweeney, sacbee, "Can an unemployed Toys R Us mascot save real giraffes? A Texas zoo wants to find out," 2 July 2018 Raymond, who for many years was the Philly Phanatic mascot of the Philadelphia Phillies baseball team. Gregory Tejeda, Post-Tribune, "Mascot Hall of Fame in Whiting scheduled to debut before Christmas," 29 June 2018 That meant Jimmy got to be a mascot at local sports events, throw the first pitch at baseball games and go fishing with his parents and two twin sisters. Janice Neumann, Daily Southtown, "A school community comes together again to replace memorial tree, remember 'a good friend'," 26 June 2018

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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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The first known use of mascot was in 1881

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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, -kət\

Kids Definition of mascot

: a person, animal, or object adopted as the symbol of a group (as a school or sports team) and believed to bring good luck

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to reject or criticize sharply

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