[mas-kot, -kuh t]


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.

Nearby words

  1. mascarene islands,
  2. mascaron,
  3. mascarpone,
  4. mascle,
  5. mascon,
  6. mascouche,
  7. masculate,
  8. masculine,
  9. masculine caesura,
  10. masculine ending

Origin of mascot

1880–85; < French mascotte < Provençal mascoto talisman, charm, derivative of masco sorceress. See mask Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for mascot



a person, animal, or thing considered to bring good luck

Word Origin for mascot

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