From Dutch holster (“pistol-case, holster”), from Middle Low German holster, ultimately from Proto-Germanic *hulastrą, *hulistrą (“hull, case, covering”), cognate with Old English heolstor (“a covering, veil, hiding-place”), Danish hylster (“pistol case, envelope”), Icelandic hulstur (“sheath”), Gothic 𐌷𐌿𐌻𐌹𐍃𐍄𐍂 (hulistr, “covering”). Compare German Halfter (“pistol case”). Related to hull, hele.
holster (plural holsters)
- A case for carrying a tool, particularly a gun, safely and accessibly.
- A belt with loops or slots for carrying small tools or other equipment.
- To put something in a holster.