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holster

[ hohl-ster ]

noun

  1. a sheathlike carrying case for a firearm, attached to a belt, shoulder sling, or saddle.


verb (used with object)

  1. to put or put back in a holster:

    to holster a gun.

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


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Derived Forms

  • ˈholstered, adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of holster1

1655–65; < Dutch; cognate with Gothic hulistr, Old Norse hulstr sheath; akin to Old English helan to hide
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Word History and Origins

Origin of holster1

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

The pistol was in a distinctive holster depicting the American flag and the words “We the People.”

Look for a bear spray canister or horn that comes with a belt holster for easy, hands-free carrying and access at a moment’s notice.

While the sergeant was speaking with Golden, he said he noticed the bottom of a holster peeking out from under Golden’s jacket, according to the filing.

Baldwin was practicing drawing the gun from its holster when it went off.

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He requested that his handcuffs be adjusted and then made “a clear attempt” to snatch another officer’s Glock 17 from the holster, prosecutors say.

In Quarles, police captured a rape suspect, noticed he was wearing an empty holster, and asked him where his gun was.

Thomas testified that he noticed that Herring was wearing a gun holster around his ankle.

I can imagine walking into a mall and feeling the weight of a revolver in an ankle holster.

I took off the sheath, the holster, so to speak, of the taser and I loaded the taser.

After affixing the Crimson Trace laser sight, like the one Perry uses, the gun required a larger holster.

The guard who had ridden up in front snatched at his shoulder holster as he turned in the direction of Delancy's fire.

The man lowered his revolver, tucked it away in the swinging holster, and turned to Jos.

He had dropped the reins and was struggling to draw a revolver from his right holster with his left hand.

The white-haired man deftly removed Talpers's revolver from its holster and put it on the table.

From his right side hung a leather holster that held the bolts needed for his weapon.

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