[mas-kot, -kuht]
an animal, person, or thing adopted by a group as its representative symbol and supposed to bring good luck: The U.S. Navy mascot is a goat.

1880–85; < French mascotte < Provençal mascoto talisman, charm, derivative of masco sorceress. See mask Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
mascot (ˈmæskət)
a person, animal, or thing considered to bring good luck
[C19: from French mascotte, from Provençal mascotto charm, from masco witch]

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Word Origin & History

1881, from provincial Fr. mascotte "sorcerer's charm, 'faerie friend,' good luck piece," from Prov. mascoto "sorcery, fetish" (cf. Narbonnese manuscript, 1233, mascotto "procuress, enchantment, bewitchment in gambling"), from masco "witch," from O.Prov. masca, from M.L. masca "mask, specter, nightmare"
(see mask). Popularized by Fr. composer Edmond Audran's 1880 operetta "Le Mascotte."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Computing Dictionary

MASCOT definition

Modular Approach to Software Construction Operation and Test: a method for software design aimed at real-time embedded systems from the Royal Signals and Research Establishment, UK.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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Example sentences
Ours were pretty tacky, with an image of what was essentially the school mascot.
They do this while wearing the school colors, it's mascot and it's logo.
But that was to learn about clowning or becoming a mascot.
The managers approached us to design a mascot who could encourage fans to bring
  their families to the games.
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