1. 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.
2. A belt with loops or slots for carrying small tools or other equipment.
tr.v. hol·stered, hol·ster·ing, hol·sters
To put (a gun, for example) in a holster.
[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 the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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leather tool holster
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