Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A person, animal, or object supposed to bring good luck or used as the symbol of an organization, such as a sports team.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A thing supposed to bring good luck to its possessor; a person whose presence is supposed to be a cause of good fortune.
  • Of the nature of a mascot; having luck-bringing qualities; lucky: as, mascot snakes; a mascot dog or goat.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A person who is supposed to bring good luck to the household to which he or she belongs.
  • noun Anything that brings good luck; especially, an animal kept by a group, as a sports team, to serve as a symbol and to bring luck.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun something thought to bring good luck
  • noun something, especially a person or animal, used to symbolize a sports team, company, organization or other group

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a person or animal that is adopted by a team or other group as a symbolic figure

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French mascotte, sorcerer's charm, mascot, from Provençal mascoto, sorcery, fetish, from masco, witch; akin to Latin masca, specter, witch, of unknown origin.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French mascotte from Provençal mascoto meaning sortilege.

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