hol·ster | \ˈhōl-stər \

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

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So bags were everywhere and attached to everything, at times in a playful, nonsensical way: strapped to thighs like holsters, affixed onto the shoulders of jackets, dangling from army vests like Beanie Babies. The Editors Of Gq, GQ, "Our Favorite Moments from Virgil Abloh's Louis Vuitton Debut," 21 June 2018 Denver police have said Bishop was dancing at a nightclub in the early hours of June 2 when the gun fell from his waistband holster and hit the floor. Daniel Arkin /, NBC News, "FBI agent whose gun went off while doing dance backflip taken into custody," 12 June 2018 Jackson said the agent, whose identity wasn't released, was dancing at the downtown club around 12:45 a.m. Saturday when the firearm fell from the agent's waistband holster onto the floor. CBS News, "FBI agent under investigation for accidental shooting at Denver nightclub," 3 June 2018 Charlotte has electric blue hair, a pet dog named Blutooth and a holster for her drill attached to her desk. Julia Turner, New York Times, "A New Technology Age: When the Technology Is Books, and the Age Is 3 to 7," 18 May 2018 Inside the car, police found crack cocaine, ammunition and a holster. Jane Ford-stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Two suspected rolling drug houses chased at same time in early hours in West Allis," 23 Mar. 2018 Compared to the avant-garde spectacle that was the Margiela Couture 2018 show, the shoes were a minor detail, except for the ankle iPhone holsters that come models wore. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "Ankle iPhone Holsters Appear at Couture Fashion Week," 4 July 2018 While the grip itself does partially cover the Switch's air vents, the makers promise that air still flows and that Switch operating temperatures don't increase appreciably when using the holster. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "“Flip Grip” brings classic arcade screen orientation to portable Switch," 21 June 2018 Police have said Bishop, 29, was dancing at a bar on June 2 when a gun fell from his waistband holster. Kathleen Foody, BostonGlobe.com, "FBI agent wants to meet the patron shot by his fallen gun," 14 June 2018

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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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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 \

Kids Definition of holster

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

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