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 When they were stopped, Conklin was wearing an empty holster on his waistband, police said. Julia Sclafani, Daily Pilot, "Huntington man and Newport woman plead not guilty to drug and firearm charges after searches of car and home," 29 Aug. 2019 And soon, sensors will activate the cameras when an officer’s gun when it is drawn from the holster. USA TODAY, "Tubing, Hemingway, great white sharks: News from around our 50 states," 21 July 2019 And soon, sensors will activate the cameras when an officer's gun is drawn from the holster. chicagotribune.com, "South Bend police to get body camera upgrades after fatal shooting that sparked protests," 19 July 2019 The police union has said in that case, a district supervisor had made the decision to lock down the Tasers as a punishment for officers not returning Taser holsters. Mary Spicuzza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Video of tasing and arrest of Milwaukee Bucks player Sterling Brown to be released soon, sources say," 21 May 2018 Matthew Woodrow, 18, walked into the store on Thursday with a tactical thigh holster and what turned out to be a B.B. pistol and an airsoft rifle strapped to his back, according to a news release from the sheriff's office. Houston Chronicle, "Houston teen carried airsoft rifle into Walmart to get reactions," 7 Sep. 2019 An officer, however, patted him down and found a gun and holster under the man’s shirt, on his right hip. cleveland.com, "Man allegedly puts gun to girlfriend’s head while on restaurant patio: Cleveland Heights police blotter," 30 Aug. 2019 An accompanying holster straps around the leg and holds another Joy-Con, presumably to measure leg angle and movement speed. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Wii Fit redux: Nintendo shows mysterious exercise ring for the Switch," 5 Sep. 2019 Police brutality rate: Police are now a leading cause of death among young American men Simply removing the weapon from its holster or keeping it trained on the ground will not be counted. Bree Burkitt, USA TODAY, "Phoenix cops must now report whenever they point a gun at someone after record year of shootings," 19 Aug. 2019

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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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28 Oct 2019

Cite this Entry

“Holster.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/holster. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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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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