• WordNet 3.6
    • n holster a sheath (usually leather) for carrying a handgun
    • n holster a belt with loops or slots for carrying small hand tools
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Holster A leather case for a pistol, carried by a horseman at the bow of his saddle, or worn on the person suspended from a belt or shoulder strap.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n holster A leathern case for a pistol. Holsters were formerly, and are still sometimes, carried by horsemen or cavalrymen attached to the saddle, one on each side of the pommel; but they are now more commonly worn on the belt.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Holster hōl′stėr the leathern case carried by a horseman at the forepart of the saddle for covering a pistol
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
D. holster,; skin to AS. heolstor, den, cave, fr. helan, to conceal, and to Icel. hulstr, case, Goth. hulistr, covering, veil, huljan, to cover. √17. See Hele to cover, Hell, and cf. Housing Houss
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Acc. to Skeat, from Dut. holster, a pistol-case—hullen, to cover, which is cog. with A.S. helan, to cover.


In literature:

Each man's revolver, a trusty brown Colt, hung in its holster at the right hip.
"A Daughter of the Sioux" by Charles King
At the instant Betty reached him he was clawing at his six-shooter, trying to drag it from the holster.
"The Boss of the Lazy Y" by Charles Alden Seltzer
In doing so his revolver holster was swung round to a handy position.
"The Triumph of John Kars" by Ridgwell Cullum
The two policemen came out of the dome, their needlers holstered and their vigilance relaxed.
"Police Operation" by H. Beam Piper
But the pistol holster lay close to her hand.
"A Pagan of the Hills" by Charles Neville Buck
The empty holster was evidence of his success.
"Golden Stories" by Various
Finding his right arm free, Billie seized his revolver and without drawing it from the holster pulled the trigger.
"The Broncho Rider Boys with Funston at Vera Cruz" by Frank Fowler
He unbuckled his belt and flung it, with gun and holster, to the ground.
"Overland Red" by Henry Herbert Knibbs
This had the effect of staying his hand, and the revolver stopped halfway out of its holster.
"Ted Strong in Montana" by Edward C. Taylor
Before mounting he took the pistols out of the holsters, and examined them carefully.
"A Final Reckoning" by G. A. Henty

In news:

I've always looked to Safariland for my duty holsters because they're the standard by which all others are judged.
D'Alessandro: Knicks critics need to holster their spitballs after spirited Game 2 loss.
What a holster shouldn't do is release the handgun, allowing it to fall out or be taken by unauthorized people.
Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, 3, Wears a Gun Holster .
Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, 3, sported a skull cap and toy gun holster as she got into a water taxi in Venice, Italy, with parents Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt over the weekend.
This week (April 21-25) marks the second year of a silent "empty holster " national protest on campuses in which students wear empty holsters in protest of policies that prevent them from carrying their guns on campus.
Officials say the sheriff's department will stop using the holsters .
According to Johnny Gardner, a partner in Grassbur Leather Works, said that the holsters feature leather on leather line units using all-brass mounting hardware.
Thigh holsters are made specifically for the ladies who carry firearms.
Men use thigh holsters , but frankly, nobody wants to see a dude pulling up his dress to brandish his weapon.
Men use thigh holsters , but frankly, nobody wants to see a dude pulling up his.
Canada's border guards keeping their weapons holstered .
Shooting of Adaisha Miller by police officer's holstered gun 'senseless and should not have happened, but it did'.
View full size Mike Glinski MLive Detroit Target Sports owner Ray Jihad demonstrates how the trigger of a pistol is always covered when it is in a holster.
Holster on left side, speed loader pouches for 2 speed loaders on right.