mascot

noun 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

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

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Origin and Etymology of mascot

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

mascot Synonyms

Synonyms
amulet, fetish (also fetich), charm, mojo, periapt, phylactery, talisman
Antonyms
hoodoo, jinx
Related Words
gris-gris (also grigri), juju, philter, toadstone; emblem, symbol, token, totem
Near Antonyms
curse, hex, spell

MASCOT Defined for English Language Learners

mascot

noun

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

noun mas·cot \ ˈmas-ˌkät , -kət \

Definition of mascot for Students

: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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