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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After finally sitting in the guest chair, Pitt talked working on the aforementioned Tarantino film and his new movie Ad Astra, as well as reminisced about his time as an El Pollo Loco mascot. Marcus Jones,, "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," 13 Sep. 2019 The Village People, once post-disco has beens, became beloved mascots of retro camp. Allison Stewart,, "The Village People wars have ended, and Victor Willis is back, doing the policeman thing at Riot Fest," 12 Sep. 2019 Hasbro is debuting a new game celebrating women's empowerment -- Ms. Monopoly, marking the first time in Monopoly history when a new mascot will be featured on the cover of the game. Leah Asmelash, CNN, "In the new game of Monopoly, women make more than men," 10 Sep. 2019 Fans were particularly excited to see Harry take to the pitch and shake hands with players, children, and mascots. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Fans Were Delighted When Prince Harry Took to the Pitch at Wembley Stadium," 24 Aug. 2019 What is apparent, though, is that Lover marks Swift’s shift from an anti-streaming mascot to a collaborator. Dan Kopf, Quartz, "Taylor Swift is the only artist who still sells CDs," 23 Aug. 2019 The game even featured a penalty on a mascot as Sebastian the Ibis was flagged for celebrating on the field with Davenport on his fourth-quarter touchdown, which had coach Butch Davis irate in his final game leading UM. David Furones,, "Rivalry renewed: Reliving the Miami Hurricanes’ five wins over the Florida Gators since 2000," 18 Aug. 2019 Then again, the CBS all-time team looks downright brilliant compared to Sports Illustrated’s selections for the sport’s greatest mascots. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, "Hotline newsletter: Yes, Sports Illustrated ranked Stanford’s fake Tree over Colorado’s real buffalo (and loads more)," 16 Aug. 2019 From alpacas to mascots to trivia with Smokey Bear, there will be more than 20 attractions. The Denver Channel, The Know, "Happy birthday, Colorado! Now go blow out your candles at the History Colorado Center," 1 Aug. 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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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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