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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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 There could be no better mascot for The Good Place, a series about people finding the best versions of themselves after death. Laura Bradley, HWD, "How The Good Place Built Janet, TV’s Most Scene-Stealing Not-a-Robot," 4 June 2018 And yes, that is the Hawks mascot waiting just behind them to surprise Ka’Oir with a bouquet of flowers, because Gucci Mane truly thinks of everything. Julia Emmanuele,, "Can You Watch These Celebrity Proposals Without Crying?," 5 Apr. 2018 Eagles is a fitting nickname/mascot for Stoneman Douglas high school. Jeff Darcy,, "Stoneman Douglas Eagles soar in March for Our Lives: Darcy cartoon," 25 Mar. 2018 The short person has left for the local summer job and, as always, the official mascots are snoozing here and there. Ed Silverman, STAT, "Pharmalittle: Most drug price hikes occurred before Azar arrived; Novartis abandons antibiotics," 12 July 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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