The HTML <dt> element specifies a term in a description or definition list, and as such must be used inside a <dl> element. It is usually followed by a <dd> element; however, multiple <dt> elements in a row indicate several terms that are all defined by the immediate next <dd> element.

The subsequent <dd> (Description Details) element provides the definition or other related text associated with the term specified using <dt>.

Content categories None.
Permitted content Flow content, but with no <header>, <footer>, sectioning content or heading content descendants.
Tag omission Must have a start tag. The end tag may be omitted if this element is immediately followed by another <dd> element, or if there is no more content in the parent element.
Permitted parents Before a <dt> or a <dd> element, inside a <dl> or (in WHATWG HTML) a <div> that is inside a <dl>.
Permitted ARIA roles None
DOM interface HTMLElement Up to Gecko 1.9.2 (Firefox 4) inclusive, Firefox implements the HTMLSpanElement interface for this element.

Attributes

This element only includes the global attributes.

Example

For an example, see the example provided for the <dl> element.

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
HTML Living Standard
The definition of '<dt>' in that specification.
Living Standard  
HTML5
The definition of '<dt>' in that specification.
Recommendation  
HTML 4.01 Specification
The definition of '<dt>' in that specification.
Recommendation  

Browser compatibility

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ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge MobileFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidSafari on iOSSamsung Internet
Basic supportChrome Full support YesEdge Full support YesFirefox Full support 1IE Full support YesOpera Full support YesSafari Full support YesWebView Android Full support YesChrome Android Full support YesEdge Mobile Full support YesFirefox Android Full support 4Opera Android Full support YesSafari iOS Full support YesSamsung Internet Android Full support Yes

Legend

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Full support

See also