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

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Police have said Bishop was dancing at the downtown Mile High Spirits Distillery and Tasting Bar on June 2 when the gun fell out of his waistband holster onto the floor. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "FBI agent who accidentally fired gun while dancing charged with assault," 2 Oct. 2018 While the Samsung Notebook 9 Pro does ship with a Samsung Active Pen stylus, there doesn’t seem to be any built-in holster to store it in, unlike the related Samsung Notebook 9 Pen laptop. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Samsung's stylish Notebook 9 Pro adds Intel's Whiskey Lake CPU and Thunderbolt ports," 7 Jan. 2019 Teenagers wearing leather holsters for their disks arrive for practice on bicycles. John Otis, WSJ, "Colombia Wants to Boost Its National Sport. That Might Mean Less Beer.," 4 Dec. 2018 The agent was then seen placing the gun back into his holster before walking off the dance floor. Nicole Darrah, Fox News, "FBI agent who mistakenly shot man during backflip in Denver bar can carry gun again, judge rules," 10 July 2018 But since the controller is ball-shaped, makes sounds, and comes attached to a rope-like holster, pets everywhere are confused. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "The Pokémon: Let’s Go Poké Ball controller is psyching out dogs," 20 Nov. 2018 Deputies responding to the call confronted the man, who was armed with a .40 caliber semiautomatic handgun in a hip holster, at the front door of the duplex, according to the statement. Michael Rietmulder, The Seattle Times, "Man shot dead in Spanaway by sheriff’s deputies who say he was armed, suspected of domestic violence," 21 Oct. 2018 The Utilitarian Accessories Chances are, these are the first umbrella holsters to ever grace a runway. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "10 Key Things to Know From Riccardo Tisci’s 134-Look Burberry Debut," 17 Sep. 2018 Washington has his gun holstered throughout the incident, until two men, trading blows, fall on top of him, causing the gun to tumble out of its holster. Anne Branigin, The Root, "Portland State University Campus Police Shoot and Kill Black Navy Veteran Who Was Trying to Break Up Fight," 4 July 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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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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