trussed, trust

The words trussed, trust sound the same but have different meanings and spellings. Why do trussed, trust sound the same even though they are completely different words?

The answer is simple: trussed, trust are homophones of the English language.

  1. :: verb

    Simple past tense and past participle of truss.

  1. :: noun

    Firm reliance on the integrity, ability, or character of a person or thing.

  2. :: noun

    Custody; care.

  3. :: noun

    Something committed into the care of another; charge.

  4. :: noun

    The condition and resulting obligation of having confidence placed in one: violated a public trust.

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About Homophones

Homophones (literally "same sound") are usually defined as words that share the same pronunciation, regardless of how they are spelled.

If they are spelled the same then they are also homographs (and homonyms); if they are spelled differently then they are also heterographs (literally "different writing").