[ 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
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/ (ˈhəʊlstə) /


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 Formsholstered, adjective

Word Origin for holster

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