a brief explanatory note prefacing a chapter, poem, story, legal report, etc.
- (law) a summary of the relevant aspects of a legal case usually found at the beginning of a case report.
- A note at the head of a page or chapter.
headnote - Legal Definition
A note prepared by an editor and placed in front of the published version of a court decision, analyzing or summarizing the facts, precedents, and legal impact of the decision.