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 The mascot is a large and hairy yellow creature with various-colored splotches on its head. Louis Krauss, USA TODAY, 21 July 2022 While the official mascot of the University of Virginia is the Cavalier, students, alumni, and sports teams are known as the Wahoos, or 'Hoos for short. Lydia Mansel, Travel + Leisure, 1 June 2022 In Boston, the skies are cloudy, the feline mascot is sleepy, but the French roast is stimulating. Elizabeth Cooney, STAT, 4 Apr. 2022 The mascot is a larger than life tree; the campus is lined with beautiful tall trees. Lori Riley,, 31 Mar. 2022 The Olmsted Falls Bulldog mascot will be there, too. cleveland, 21 Mar. 2022 During pregame and early in the game, a dinosaur mascot was courtside. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 15 Jan. 2022 Although the de facto mascot’s popularity may not be surprising, what might be is the fact that the elk are forever linked to the town’s most famous former resident: Freelan Oscar Stanley. Washington Post, 21 Oct. 2021 The Banditos’ mascot is a mustachioed skeleton with a giant sombrero. Los Angeles Times, 16 Oct. 2021 See More

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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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8 Aug 2022

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“Mascot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of mascot

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

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