[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. holpen,
  2. hols,
  3. holst,
  4. holst, gustav,
  5. holstein,
  6. holston,
  7. holt,
  8. holt, harold edward,
  9. holter monitor,
  10. holthouse's hernia

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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British Dictionary definitions for holster


/ (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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