<dd>: The Description Details element

The HTML <dd> element provides the description, definition, or value for 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 this element is immediately followed by another <dd> element or a <dt> element, or if there is no more content in the parent element.
Permitted parents A <dl> or (in WHATWG HTML, W3C HTML 5.2 and later) a <div> that is a child of a <dl>.
This element can be used after a <dt> or another <dl> element.
Implicit ARIA role definition
Permitted ARIA roles No role permitted
DOM interface HTMLElement


This element's attributes include the global attributes.

nowrap This API has not been standardized.
If the value of this attribute is set to yes, the definition text will not wrap. The default value is no.


For examples, see the examples provided for the <dl> element.


Specification Status Comment
HTML Living Standard
The definition of '<dd>' in that specification.
Living Standard
HTML 5.2
The definition of '<dd>' in that specification.
Recommendation <dt> and <dd> elements can now be included in <div> elements.
HTML 4.01 Specification
The definition of '<dd>' in that specification.

Browser compatibility

BCD tables only load in the browser

See also