define mascot



an animal, a person, or an object used as a symbol to represent a group (such as a sports team) and to bring good luck



Three Example Dialogues Using ‘Overture’


๐Ÿค”: What will you do for money now that the ski season is over?

๐Ÿ™‚: For now, I got a part-time job as the school’s mascot, but I’ve applied for a few bartending gigs, too.


๐Ÿ˜: You should have been at the game last night! The score went back and forth all night, so when we finally won, the crowd went crazy.

๐Ÿ˜‚: I was there, actually! I loved all the antics of the mascot! He was almost as entertaining as the game itself.


๐Ÿ™‚: What is your school’s mascot?

๐Ÿค“: We’re the Cardinals, so ours is a big, red bird called Cardy. How about yours?



Examples of ‘Mascot’ from the News


“Ben Nelson dressed in the opposing Smyrna Bulldog mascot uniform and school officials acted as if there was going to be a dance contest. Ashlynn was obviously chosen to be one of the contestants and was pulled to center court, where her father took off the Bulldog mask.”
– Cecil Joyce, “Military dad dresses as high school mascot to surprise daughter”, 26 January 2019


“Celebrating a touchdown in college football is what mascots do best. Some will pump up the crowd, others will do a backflip, while a select few will celebrate with the team … on the field. And by select few, I mean one.”
– Kyle Boone, “WATCH: Overzealous Jackson State mascot flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct after celebrating TD”, 1 September 2019



Special Notes on the Word ‘Mascot’


If you’re a native Spanish speaker, you probably recognize this word. In Spanish, ‘mascot’ is ‘mascota’. Easy.


However, be careful. The Spanish word ‘mascota’ also refers to the English word ‘pet’. A pet is an animal that someone keeps for pleasure. My pet is my bulldog, Sancho Panza, and my mother has a pet cat.


So, in English, just remember that all mascots (in English) are mascotas (in Spanish), but not all mascotas are mascots. ๐Ÿ˜‰


Related: Learn 8 Spanish words in English… plus practice quiz!



Pronunciation of ‘Mascot’






Sources: Definition of ‘Mascot’

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