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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.
Origin of holster
1655-65; < Dutch; cognate with Gothic hulistr, Old Norse hulstr sheath; akin to Old English helan to hide Unabridged
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  • Vall retrieved his own weapon, glanced over it, and holstered it.

    Time Crime H. Beam Piper
  • His right hand now rested on his thigh near the holstered gun.

    The Coyote James Roberts
  • All of them wore, in addition to their temple knives, holstered sigma-ray needlers.

    Temple Trouble Henry Beam Piper
  • He took his own, reloaded, from Armand and holstered it, hoping no one could see his tremor.

    Shaman Robert Shea
  • I holstered my pistol, pushed past Joyce, and trotted for the lift.

    Greylorn John Keith Laumer
  • He holstered his own gun, then bent and picked up Yuma's weapon.

    The Lone Ranger Rides Fran Striker
  • He glanced at the fat man's holstered automatic, remembered the cleanness of the rifle hanging in Sears' room.

    West Of The Sun Edgar Pangborn
  • He took one look at Case, and reached for the holstered weapon at his side.

    Beyond The Thunder H. B. Hickey
British Dictionary definitions for holstered


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 holstered



"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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