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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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 The restrictions focus on ads promoting weapon accessories such as gun holsters, scopes and mounted flashlights for firearms. Sonja Haller, USA TODAY, "Facebook bans ads on gun holsters and weapon accessories to minors," 18 June 2018 During the struggle with the people on Birkhill, one suspect was able to fire the officer’s gun, which was in its holster, the department said on Facebook. Steve Burns, ajc, "Officer attacked during domestic call; 2 arrested," 20 May 2018 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

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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 \

Kids Definition of holster

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

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