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

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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Nina Johnson, a fifth-grader at Allisonville Elementary School in Indianapolis — the school mascot is Explorers — was particularly moved by the event. Lucia Ponader, Indianapolis Star, "Children's Museum event give students chance to question astronauts," 11 Jan. 2018 At that race, the tradition is to outrun the official mascot, who is dressed as a turkey. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "Thanksgiving is now the most popular race day in America.," 20 Nov. 2018 Sports mascots are perhaps the most perplexing tradition in sports. Jason Gay, WSJ, "The Fuzzy Terror of Sports Mascots," 27 Sep. 2018 The official mascots for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games wer unveiled in the Japanese capital of Tokyo on Wednesday on stage in front of nearly 600 excited students at an elementary school in Tokyo's Shinagawa ward. Will Graves, Houston Chronicle, "Olympic star Aly Raisman files suit against USOC, USA Gymnastics," 2 Mar. 2018 Korean Air has painted an airplane with the official Olympic mascots: a white tiger named Soohorang and a bear named Bandabi. Raymond Zhong And Park Jeong-eun, New York Times, "For Korea Inc., Money and Politics Make an Awkward Olympics," 7 Feb. 2018 Gritty is the new mascot for the Philadelphia Flyers. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Gritty’s evolution from googly-eyed hockey mascot to meme to leftist avatar, explained," 24 Dec. 2018 The saga of the Southside Serpents has remained a central storyline throughout the last two seasons of Riverdale, with the serpent mascot showing up in fashion and beauty moments throughout the series. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "“Riverdale” Makeup Artist Shared How the Southside Serpents Tattoos Are Made," 31 Aug. 2018 The tiger is an important figure in Korean culture — a regular tiger was the mascot of the Seoul Olympics in 1988 — and the white tiger is especially revered. Sarah Begley, Time, "Why Olympic Medalists Get Stuffed Animals When They Win," 16 Feb. 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 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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of or relating to a parable or parabola

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