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

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holster (ˈhəʊlstə)
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
[C17: via Dutch holster from Germanic; compare Old Norse hulstr sheath, Old English heolstor darkness, Gothic hulistr cover]

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Word Origin & History

"leather case for a pistol," 1663, probably from O.E. heolster, earlier helustr "concealment, hiding place," from P.Gmc. *khelus-/*khulis- (cf. O.H.G. huluft "cover, case, sheath," O.N. hulstr "case, sheath," M.Du. holster, Ger. Holfster "holster"), from PIE *kel- "to cover, to hide" (see
cell). Intermediate forms are wanting, and the modern word may as well be from the O.N. or M.Du. cognates.
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