plural noteheads
or less commonly noteheading plural noteheadings : a sheet of writing paper that has a printed or engraved heading and is usually somewhat smaller than a letterhead
also : the heading itself
: the small oval part of a musical note in music notation
First-year music students often have trouble placing their noteheads properly.
see note illustration

Word History

First Known Use

1857, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of notehead was in 1857

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“Notehead.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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