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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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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Photos of team mascots from every state will be showcased, too. Rosemarie Dowell,, "Smithsonian’s ‘Hometown Teams’ exhibit at Leesburg library celebrates America’s fascination for sports," 17 June 2019 This massive area of the floor was rife with rainbow lettering, interactive gameplay areas, and even a dancing TomatoHead (or at least a guy dressed up as the mascot). Brittany Vincent, Popular Mechanics, "E3 2019 Is an Assault on Gamers' Senses," 12 June 2019 Baby Shark Live will be based around the Baby Shark character and a young fox named Pinkfong, who also serves as the mascot for the popular web series. Dave Brooks, Billboard, "Kids Viral Sensation 'Baby Shark' Hitting the Road for 100-Date Tour," 12 June 2019 Wednesday’s big surprise started with the team’s mascot, Southpaw, arriving at Alex’s day care in a limousine. Natalie Dreier, ajc, "7-year-old cancer patient makes MLB debut as member of White Sox," 15 June 2018 When that failed, attendance reportedly fell to up to three players, plus the owner and the team mascot, who was presumably willing to attend because the head-to-toe costume would preserve his anonymity. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Is Going to Lose His War on Football," 5 June 2018 In 2014, the Supreme Court of Missouri overturned the dismissal of a lawsuit against the Kansas City Royals by a spectator who was hit in the eye by a hot dog tossed into the stands by the team mascot. Wallace Matthews, New York Times, "Baseball Improved Fan Safety, but in Court, It’s Teams That Are Protected," 28 Mar. 2018 The scoreboard overhead had the team’s mascot, an Eagle. Jordan Mcpherson, miamiherald, "The Stoneman Douglas hockey team practiced at Panthers’ arena. Then out came the surprise | Miami Herald," 5 Mar. 2018 The hockey team’s mascot, Sonar, got in the spirit early. Rebecca Lurye,, "No Camels, But Plenty of Spirit, At Three Kings Day Celebration," 6 Jan. 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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