- a sheathlike carrying case for a firearm, attached to a belt, shoulder sling, or saddle.
- to put or put back in a holster: to holster a gun.
Origin of holster
Examples from the Web for holstered
Johnny holstered his Magnum, went at the mine showing both hands empty.
He holstered his gun, flicked a hand at the rusty iron bars in the soil.
Both hands leaped downward for the holstered pistols in his belt.The Space Rover
Edwin K. Sloat
His right hand now rested on his thigh near the holstered gun.The Coyote
Duomart holstered the gun and attached the holster to her belt.The Star Hyacinths
James H. Schmitz
I holstered my pistol, pushed past Joyce, and trotted for the lift.Greylorn
John Keith Laumer
He took his own, reloaded, from Armand and holstered it, hoping no one could see his tremor.Shaman
- a sheathlike leather case for a pistol, attached to a belt or saddle
- mountaineering a similar case for an ice axe or piton hammer
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.