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[hohl-ster] /ˈhoʊl stər/
a sheathlike carrying case for a firearm, attached to a belt, shoulder sling, or saddle.
verb (used with object)
to put or put back in a holster:
to holster a gun.
1655-65; < Dutch; cognate with Gothic hulistr, Old Norse hulstr sheath; akin to Old English helan to hide Unabridged
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Examples from the web for holster
  • He almost never pulls the gun out of the holster around my neighbors kids, and when he does, he has never fired it.
  • Oh, and you get to wear gear on your belt-hooks, a holster for tools.
  • He quickly checked the magazine and the action and then returned the weapon to its holster.
  • Have a secure holster that completely covers the trigger.
  • Secondary weapon carrying options review the ankle holster, body armor holster, and the inside the pocket holster.
  • Once on the ground the suspect grabbed an officer's gun and tried to pull it from the holster.
  • Carrying a handgun in a holster in plain view is permitted.
  • Shooter will re-holster and repeat this procedure again on command.
  • Students are encouraged to bring their agency issued carry weapon, holster and other equipment.
  • The laser shall have a conformal design which does not impede pistol draw from a holster.
British Dictionary definitions for holster


a sheathlike leather case for a pistol, attached to a belt or saddle
(mountaineering) a similar case for an ice axe or piton hammer
Derived Forms
holstered, adjective
Word Origin
C17: via Dutch holster from Germanic; compare Old Norse hulstr sheath, Old English heolstor darkness, Gothic hulistr cover
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Word Origin and History for holster

"leather case for a pistol," 1660s, probably from Old English heolster, earlier helustr "concealment, hiding place," from Proto-Germanic *hulfti- (cf. Old High German hulft "cover, case, sheath," Old Norse hulstr "case, sheath," Middle Dutch holster, German Holfster "holster"), from PIE *kel- "to cover, to hide" (see cell). Intermediate forms are wanting, and the modern word could as well be from the Norse or Dutch cognates.


by 1902, from holster (n.). Related: Holstered; holstering.

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