mascot

noun
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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Synonyms & Antonyms for mascot

Synonyms

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

Antonyms

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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Research has shown that the existence of racist and derogatory mascots and team names at schools can establish an unwelcome and hostile learning environment for Native youth, impacting their self-esteem and mental health. Teen Vogue, "New Mexico Teacher Accused of Calling a Native Student a "Bloody Indian" and Cutting Another's Hair on Halloween," 3 Dec. 2018 The mentality of the school's elephant mascot and the collective community being known as a 'herd,' is also helping. Steve Smith, Courant Community, "Eastbury School Closes For Good," 26 June 2018 Can’t wait to assassinate every target while wearing a flamingo mascot costume and wielding a half-frozen fish. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "The best PC games of E3 2018," 15 June 2018 Russia showed off a unique World Cup mascot Thursday. Iliana Limón Romero, Pro Soccer USA, "Watch: Russian bear plays vuvuzuela while celebrating World Cup win," 15 June 2018 But only one of them assumed the role of good luck charm — a bearded fast-food mascot who seems to have found a soft spot with the legendary horse trainer. Justin Sayers, The Courier-Journal, "Let's give credit to Bob Baffert's real good luck charm — Burger King," 9 June 2018 The controversy over whether to allow harvesting has divided some anglers and divers, who consider the gentle goliath a mascot for the reefs. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "Florida's monster goliath grouper still off limits for fishing. At least for now | Miami Herald," 26 Apr. 2018 But the rabbit has become something of a mascot in Hunter’s race. Tara Golshan, Vox, "How this Mexican-Palestinian-American progressive is selling the anti-corruption message in Trump country," 15 Oct. 2018 Native American artists such as Charlene Teters and Jason Lujan have used racialized mascots in their own multimedia projects, laying bare their underlying stereotypes, as a way of excising them of their dehumanizing power. Sonia K. Katyal, BostonGlobe.com, "The sudden rush of vulgar trademarks," 23 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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mascot

noun

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

mascot

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