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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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  • The soldiers of the world will call you their mascot and write love-letters to you from the trenches.

    We Can't Have Everything Rupert Hughes
  • He called for his mascot, and the bear at once appeared and he mounted its back.

    A Treasury of Eskimo Tales Clara Kern Bayliss
  • He tilted the little overseas cap which Lily wore to a rakish angle between the mascot's horns.

    Lady Luck Hugh Wiley
  • It didn't matter a pin to her whether "Lu-Lu" or "mascot" won.

  • Tom, the mascot of the Maine, and Christobal have been shown in several cities of the Union since the war.

    Concerning Cats Helen M. Winslow
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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