hol·​ster | \ ˈhōl-stər How to pronounce holster (audio) \

Definition of holster

: a leather or fabric case for carrying a firearm on the person (as on the hip or chest), on a saddle, or in a vehicle broadly : a case for carrying a usually small item on the person a knife holster a heart monitor carried in a hip holster

Examples of holster in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web During the slide, his phone flew out of its holster. Lila Seidman, Los Angeles Times, 23 Dec. 2021 John apparently reached in his pocket for a cigarette and accidentally knocked his pistol out of its holster. Michael Azerrad, The New Yorker, 22 Sep. 2021 His police radio and badge were ripped off and one person tried to yank the gun from his holster. Washington Post, 20 Dec. 2021 Williams shortly after the shooting exited the patio, dropped his gun and tried multiple times to take Moldovan's gun from his holster, according to court documents. Chelsea Curtis, The Arizona Republic, 16 Dec. 2021 Despite commands from officers the suspect drew a handgun from its holster and pointed it at police, investigators said. Staff Report, The Indianapolis Star, 1 Dec. 2021 Hutchins, Souza, and a B-camera operator were still nearby assessing shots, the Los Angeles Timesreported, when Baldwin pulled the gun out of a holster twice in preparation for the scene. Justin Curto, Vulture, 22 Oct. 2021 This incense burner’s stylish dark glaze elevates it above standard-issue models, and its elegant holster adds a pleasant twist. Isiah Magsino, Robb Report, 12 Nov. 2021 The Defender Series Case for the iPhone 13, for example, offers a durable polycarbonate shell, flaps that shield charging ports, and a holster. Pia Ceres, Wired, 11 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of holster

1663, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for holster

Dutch; akin to Old English heolstor cover, helan to conceal — more at hell

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The first known use of holster was in 1663

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3 Jan 2022

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“Holster.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/holster. Accessed 29 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of holster

: a leather case that you wear on your body and that holds a small gun


hol·​ster | \ ˈhōl-stər How to pronounce holster (audio) \

Kids Definition of holster

: a usually leather case in which a pistol is carried or worn

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