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One of the most reassuring words the English could hear from a Viking invader was "traust." It indicated the giant on one's doorstep did not have rape and pillage on his to-do list. He was offering protection and support.
"Traust" passed into English as "trust." By the early 1400s it gained a legal meaning: "confidence placed in one who holds or enjoys the use of property entrusted to him by its legal owner."