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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
1655-1665
1655-65; < Dutch; cognate with Gothic hulistr, Old Norse hulstr sheath; akin to Old English helan to hide
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British Dictionary definitions for holstered

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 holstered

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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