Definitions

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

  • n. A person, animal, or object believed to bring good luck, especially one kept as the symbol of an organization such as a sports team.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A person who is supposed to bring good luck to the household to which he or she belongs.
  • n. 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 The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. 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 WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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

Etymologies

French mascotte, sorcerer's charm, mascot, from Provençal mascoto, sorcery, fetish, from masco, witch, ultimately from Medieval Latin masca, mask, specter, witch.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French mascotte from Provençal mascoto meaning sortilege. (Wiktionary)

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