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holster

[hohl-ster] /ˈhoʊl stər/
noun
1.
a sheathlike carrying case for a firearm, attached to a belt, shoulder sling, or saddle.
verb (used with object)
2.
to put or put back in a holster:
to holster a gun.
Origin of holster
1655-1665
1655-65; < Dutch; cognate with Gothic hulistr, Old Norse hulstr sheath; akin to Old English helan to hide
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  • Then he turned the muzzle aside, and uncocking the pistol, replaced it in its holster.

  • For the gun Andy had his Colt in the holster, and he knew it like his own mind.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • He was flat on his face again when suddenly he felt his automatic jerked from its holster and she sprang to her feet.

  • Thinking of this, he produced it from the holster with a flick of his fingers.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • "I do see, and you are right," said Marcel, as he replaced his weapon in its holster.

    In Hostile Red Joseph Altsheler
  • How'll they know that it was luck—that my gun stuck in the holster—and that you jumped me on the draw?

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
British Dictionary definitions for holster

holster

/ˈhəʊlstə/
noun
1.
a sheathlike leather case for a pistol, attached to a belt or saddle
2.
(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
n.

"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.

v.

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

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