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 With several quality numbers in her holster along with the huge drop in class, The Pet is our play for New Year’s Day. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, "Horse racing newsletter: Happy birthday to all the horses," 1 Jan. 2021 Walking in the other direction, Russell grabbed his gun out of his ankle holster and removed the ammo, throwing those over a fence. The Salt Lake Tribune, "South Jordan police officer charged with kidnapping uncle on Thanksgiving in ‘paranoid’ attack," 1 Dec. 2020 The men were stopped Thursday about a block from the vehicle, Macias with a .40-caliber Beretta handgun inside his jacket and LaMotta with a 9 mm Beretta in a holster, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Hospital wedding, Howard celebrates, ‘Home by 10 Order’: News from around our 50 states," 9 Nov. 2020 There are also loops in the holster compartment to hold a spare magazine. Mike Dickerson, Outdoor Life, "8 Top Concealed Carry Options for Hikers, Runners, and Cyclists," 23 Oct. 2020 According to court documents, police found blood inside the smoke shop on the door, floor and counters, in addition to two guns located inside the shop and an empty holster in Tamika Hylton's purse. Brooke Newman, The Arizona Republic, "Woman charged with first-degree murder on suspicion of shooting husband in parking lot," 26 Oct. 2020 Carry it in Blackpoint Tactical’s Mini-Wing holster ($99). Derek Mcdonald, Outdoor Life, "How to Build the Best Emergency Go-Bag for Your Truck," 3 Nov. 2020 Harris carried a Hawaiian-print holster similar to those marketed and sold online as associated with the boogaloo movement. Aaron C. Davis, Washington Post, "Alleged Michigan plotters attended multiple anti-lockdown protests, photos and videos show," 1 Nov. 2020 The loaded 9mm Glock 26 was in a velvet Uncle Mike’s belt holster, and the serial number came back clear. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, "At least 9 nabbed in sex-for-hire hotel sting operation: Orange Police Blotter," 31 Oct. 2020

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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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15 Jan 2021

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“Holster.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/holster. Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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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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