head·​note | \ ˈhed-ˌnōt How to pronounce headnote (audio) \

Definition of headnote

1 : a prefixed note of comment or explanation
2 : a note prefixed to the report of a decided legal case

Examples of headnote in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Kamman attaches no expository headnote to this preparation, no illuminating anecdote that explains the tart’s significance to readers. Mayukh Sen, The New Yorker, 24 Aug. 2021 Recipe headnotes offer a snapshot of the women behind the book. Sarah Henry, Washington Post, 27 June 2019 The headnotes all contain multiple shortcuts and ingredient substitutions, and yet the recipes have a real sense of place. SFChronicle.com, 21 June 2019 Ingredients Ice 1 1/2 ounces white Pineau des Charentes (see headnote) 1 ounce tonic water Twist of grapefruit peel, for garnish 1 sprig fresh thyme, for garnish Steps Fill a wine glass with ice. Sonia Rao, chicagotribune.com, 29 June 2018 One large bunch turnips with greens attached (about 4 turnips; see headnote) Kosher salt 3 tablespoons unsalted butter 1/4 cup heavy cream Separate the turnips from their greens. Rinse the greens well, then coarsely chop them. Julia Turshen, sacbee, 20 Feb. 2018 Drain; once the spinach is cool enough to handle, use your hands to squeeze out as much moisture as possible. Really squeeze (see the headnote). Domenica Marchetti, chicagotribune.com, 26 Dec. 2017 Split one vanilla bean open with a knife, then use the knife to scrape the seeds directly into the pan (may substitute 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste; see headnote). M. Carrie Allan, charlotteobserver, 22 Dec. 2017 Each recipe begins with a detailed headnote describing the dish’s provenance. Barry Estabrook, WSJ, 8 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of headnote

1833, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of headnote was in 1833

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“Headnote.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headnote. Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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head·​note | \ ˈhed-ˌnōt How to pronounce headnote (audio) \

Legal Definition of headnote

: a summary prefixed to the report of a decided legal case stating the principles or rulings of the decision and usually the main facts of the case


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