Definition of holster in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhəʊlstə/
Pronunciation: /ˈhɒlstə/


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A holder for carrying a handgun or other firearm, typically made of leather and worn on a belt or under the arm.
Example sentences
  • Soon he realized men needed more powerful revolvers, but ones still easily carried in belt holsters.
  • Instinctively, his hand went to his own gun, tucked away in the leather holster by his belt.
  • One item was a belt, which attached to were two leather holsters.


[with object]
Put (a gun) into its holster: he holstered the Browning before walking back
More example sentences
  • The officer nodded again and holstering his gun, walked off.
  • One mistake that can lead to an accidental discharge and possible injury to the shooter is holstering the gun with the finger on the trigger.
  • Despite the pain, he turned around to see a man dressed in all black, holstering his gun then closing the door and locking it.


Mid 17th century: corresponding to and contemporary with Dutch holster, of unknown origin.

Words that rhyme with holster

bolster, pollster, soulster, upholster

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