A gun in its holster.Licensed from iStockPhoto
Origin: Du, akin to Gothic hulistr, a cover, Old Norse hulstr, a sheath, Old English heolstor, darkness, cover from Indo-European base an unverified form el-, to conceal (from source hall, hull) plush Germanic noun suffix -stra-
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- A case of leather or similar material into which a pistol fits snugly and which attaches to a belt, strap, or saddle so that it may be carried or transported.
- A belt with loops or slots for carrying small tools or other equipment.
Origin: Probably Dutch, alteration of holfter, hulfter, from Middle High German hulffter, case, sheath, quiver, covering, from hulft, from Old High German; see kel-1 in Indo-European roots.
- holˈstered adjective