Origin of holsterDu, 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) + Germanic noun suffix -stra
- 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.
transitive verbhol·stered, hol·ster·ing, hol·sters
Origin of holsterProbably 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.
leather tool holster
(third-person singular simple present holsters, present participle holstering, simple past and past participle holstered)
- To put something in a holster
From Proto-Germanic, cognate with Danish hylster (“pistol case, envelope”) Icelandic hulstur (“sheath”), Gothic (hulistr, “covering”). Compare German Halfter (“pistol case”)