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The HTML <dd> element provides the details about or the definition of the preceding term (<dt>) in a description list (<dl>).

Content categories None.
Permitted content Flow content.
Tag omission The start tag is required. The end tag may be omitted if the <dd> element is immediately followed by another <dd> element, or if there is no more content in the parent element.
Permitted parents <dl> or (in WHATWG HTML) a <div> that is inside a <dl>.
Previous sibling <dt> or another <dd> element.
Permitted ARIA roles None
DOM interface HTMLElement


This element's attributes include the global attributes.

If the value of this attribute is set to yes, the definition text will not wrap. The default value is no.


For an example, see <dl> examples.


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

Browser compatibility

FeatureChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafari
Basic support Yes Yes11 Yes Yes Yes
nowrap Yes Yes1 Yes Yes Yes
FeatureAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge mobileFirefox for AndroidIE mobileOpera AndroidiOS Safari
Basic support Yes Yes Yes4 Yes Yes Yes
nowrap Yes Yes Yes4 Yes Yes Yes

1. Before Firefox 4, this element was implemented using the HTMLSpanElement interface instead of HTMLElement.

See also