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[mas-kot, -kuh t] /ˈmæs kɒt, -kət/
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.
Origin of mascot
1880-85; < French mascotte < Provençal mascoto talisman, charm, derivative of masco sorceress. See mask Unabridged
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Examples from the web for mascot
  • 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.
  • The lonely polar bear-the unofficial mascot of global warming.
  • Page, the library mascot, did have the run of the place.
  • Create a new mascot and friends who could embody those values.
  • The dish is a bit of a mascot: at brunch, you can have it with eggs on top.
  • After five years of slug vs sea lion rivalry, the slug won out and it has been the official mascot ever since.
  • Even though many of them worked to control pests or provide food, their main function was to serve as ship's mascot.
British Dictionary definitions for mascot


a person, animal, or thing considered to bring good luck
Word Origin
C19: from French mascotte, from Provençal mascotto charm, from masco witch
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Word Origin and History for mascot

"talisman, charm," 1881, from provincial French mascotte "sorcerer's charm, 'faerie friend,' good luck piece" (19c.), of uncertain origin, perhaps from or related to Provençal mascoto "sorcery, fetish" (cf. Narbonnese manuscript, 1233, mascotto "procuress, enchantment, bewitchment in gambling"), from masco "witch," from Old Provençal masca, itself of unknown origin, perhaps from Medieval Latin masca "mask, specter, nightmare" (see mask (n.)). Popularized by French composer Edmond Audran's 1880 comic operetta "La Mascotte," about a household "fairy" who gives luck to an Italian peasant, performed in a toned-down translation in England from fall 1881.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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mascot in Technology

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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