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 Handguns must be secured in a holster with two or more security features, while long guns must be secured behind the back with a strap slung over the shoulder and the muzzle facing up. Joe Sonka, The Courier-Journal, 10 July 2021 If an officer takes their gun or Taser out of the holster, the camera will automatically activate, officials said. Steve Lord, chicagotribune.com, 23 June 2021 Concealed or openly, so long as the gun is in a holster. Allie Morris, Dallas News, 30 May 2021 One night in October, during an argument, Wood grabbed Hancock’s handgun from his holster. Paige Williams, The New Yorker, 28 June 2021 Royal’s holster just happens to be there on the chair. Matt Zoller Seitz, Vulture, 25 June 2021 Potter pulls her gun from the holster, using her right hand. Star Tribune, 15 Apr. 2021 Fowler said Jackson hit him twice over the head with a bottle while trying to pry his firearm out of the holster. USA Today, 20 May 2021 The handgun had a 15-round magazine along with an another magazine in the holster. Kaylee Remington, cleveland, 1 May 2021

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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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14 Jul 2021

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“Holster.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/holster. Accessed 23 Jul. 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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