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 Winter Weekend will include appearances by players and coaches, plus Red Sox alumni and the team mascots., "SPRINGFIELD — The Red Sox are coming to Springfield.," 7 Nov. 2019 The Sooners mascot runs onto the court and the crowd erupts in cheers for Montis. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, "Watch a University of Oklahoma freshman score free tuition by making half-court shot," 7 Nov. 2019 In the Jets’ next game, against Jacksonville, the Jaguars’ mascot trolled Darnold with a ghost costume. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, "‘Bad on them, bad on the brand’: How Dak Prescott, Daniel Jones view MNF microphone," 4 Nov. 2019 With Halloween right around the corner, the mascot for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Jaxson de Ville, unveiled a new costume aimed at trolling New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold during Sunday's game in Florida. Fox News, "Jaguars troll Jets quarterback Sam Darnold with mascot's ghost outfit, 'Ghostbusters' theme song," 28 Oct. 2019 So were the other four presidents in the park, the mascots who run a Presidents Race each game. Peter Baker, New York Times, "For Trump, No Joy in Mudville," 28 Oct. 2019 Gordon jumped over Stuff, grabbed the ball from the mascot’s outstretched hands, passed the ball under his legs from his right hand to his left hand and threw down a reverse slam. Roy Parry,, "Magic forward Aaron Gordon doesn’t need votes to know he’s one of NBA’s ‘most athletic’ players," 20 Oct. 2019 The new mascot's name will be announced at UC's homecoming football game against the University of Connecticut. Chris Mayhew,, "Cincinnati Zoo is seeking your suggestions on what to name its new baby bearcat," 18 Oct. 2019 There were amenities such as face painting, games such as bean bag tosses, and an appearance by Staley Da Bear, the Chicago Bears mascot. Karie Angell Luc,, "Chicago Bears visit Maine East to kick illness during Breast Cancer Awareness Month," 16 Oct. 2019

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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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16 Nov 2019

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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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