From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:
2. (Law) The headnote of a reported case; the brief statement of the points of law determined prefixed to a reported case. The opinion controls the syllabus, the latter being merely explanatory of the former. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
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