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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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
Recent Examples on the Web One student tweeted out that on top of changing the names of the ID cards, the school should ditch its mascot. Andrew Mark Miller, Washington Examiner, "Robert Morris University rebranding ID cards after 'Freedom Cards' deemed offensive," 26 June 2020 Nothing like getting scared by the mascot of your former team, eh? Dallas News, "WATCH: New Cowboys safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix shows his speed after getting spooked by bears," 26 June 2020 Last August, Washington Post columnist Theresa Vargas wrote about a third-party poll on public perception of the name and mascot of the Washington NFL team. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "Stop Printing the R-Word," 25 June 2020 Forest Hills School District considered changing Anderson's mascot in 1999, in 2003 and again in 2018. Madeline Mitchell, The Enquirer, "Anderson residents’ call to action: ‘Redskins’ is the ‘moral equivalent of the N-word.’," 24 June 2020 But, even as the celebrations persisted, there was rising dissent in Bristol about whether the city should take a slaver as its mascot. Anna Russell, The New Yorker, "How Statues in Britain Began to Fall," 22 June 2020 More than 50 alumni of Huron High School in Southern Wayne County are asking the district to quit using a Native American team mascot and the imagery that goes with it. John Wisely, Detroit Free Press, "Is the bell tolling for Native American mascots?," 22 June 2020 In a survey earlier this year, the University of California, Berkeley, found that at least half of more than 1,000 Native Americans surveyed were offended by the Washington Redskins football team's name and mascot. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Eskimo Pie, Aunt Jemima, Uncle Ben's and Cream of Wheat are changing. Are the Washington Redskins next?," 19 June 2020 The brand’s original mascot was Rastus, a racial stereotype from blackface minstrel shows of the time and a perojative for black men, according to CNN. cleveland, "Cream of Wheat is considering changing its packaging, too," 18 June 2020

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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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2 Jul 2020

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“Mascot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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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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