mascot

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noun mas·cot \ˈmas-ˌkät also -kət\

Definition of mascot

  1. :  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

Examples of mascot in a sentence

  1. The team had a mountain lion as their mascot.

  2. she wears a mascot made of ebony and silver on a chain around her neck

Origin and Etymology of mascot

French mascotte, from Occitan mascoto, from masco witch, from Medieval Latin masca


First Known Use: 1881


MASCOT Defined for English Language Learners

mascot

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noun mas·cot \ˈmas-ˌkät also -kət\

Definition of mascot for English Language Learners

  • : a person, animal, or object used as a symbol to represent a group (such as a sports team) and to bring good luck


MASCOT Defined for Kids

mascot

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noun mas·cot \ˈmas-ˌkät, -kət\

Definition of mascot for Students

  1. :  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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