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, periapt, 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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Store associates staged mock funerals in the lobby of Bain’s corporate headquarters for the Toys R Us mascot, Geoffrey the Giraffe, and organized rallies in store parking lots. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "Thousands of Toys R Us workers are getting severance, following months of protests," 21 Nov. 2018 Mario Segale, the Seattle real estate and construction business owner who inspired the name for Nintendo's famous mascot, passed away on October 27 according to reports from The Seattle Times and The Auburn Reporter. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Mario Segale, namesake for Nintendo’s mascot, dies at 84," 2 Nov. 2018 Subways are already tricked out with visitor welcomes from the expo mascot, and the city plans a two-day school and office shutdown. James T. Areddy, WSJ, "The World’s Biggest Exporter Rebrands Itself as a Big Buyer," 17 Oct. 2018 Make sure to play with Cash, a Great Dane-Labrador rescue and the hotel's unofficial mascot, during your visit. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "17 Hotels Around the World With Pets in Residence," 25 July 2018 According to the lawsuit, DCCers are paid less than the team mascot, Rowdy, who makes about $25 per hour. Mac Engel, star-telegram, "Jerry, you're going to have to pay for the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders," 19 June 2018 Your job, as part of a team of 12, is to spend those precious early moments building a defensive structure around your mascot. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Fortnite’s frantic food fight is its best mode yet," 15 Nov. 2018 The school mascot was originally going be a leopard, but is was changed to a wildcat. Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "16 Mind-Blowing "High School Musical" Facts That Will Make You Miss the Disney Channel Glory Days," 7 Aug. 2018 In the center, standing in front of the school’s Pewabic tile seal, is a 1926 Model F Fordson Tractor, which is also the school’s mascot. Hasan Dudar, Detroit Free Press, "This Dearborn high school looks like a castle," 27 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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