HTML5 <dd> Tag

The HTML <dd> tag is used to represent the description of a term in a description list (<dl>).

The only content permitted inside this element is flow content. The start tag is required for this element. 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.

The parent of the <dd> tag can be <dl> or (in WHATWG HTML) a <div> that is inside a <dl>.

The following style is applied to this element by default:

dd {
  display: block;
  margin-start: 40px;

Here is an example of using this tag:

  <dd class="pronunciation">/'hæ p. nes/</dd>
  <dd class="part-of-speech"><i><abbr>n.</abbr></i></dd>
  <dd>The state of being happy.</dd>
  <dd>Good fortune; success. <q>Oh <b>happiness</b>! It worked!</q></dd>
  <dd class="pronunciation">/ri jois'/</dd>
  <dd><i class="part-of-speech"><abbr>v.intr.</abbr></i> To be delighted oneself.</dd>
  <dd><i class="part-of-speech"><abbr></abbr></i> To cause one to be delighted.</dd>


This element only accepts global attributes.


See the Pen HTML dd Tag by Tutorialio (@tutorialio) on CodePen.

Further Reading

  1. Read more about the HTML <dd> element on MDN.
  2. You can also read the HTML <dd> tag reference on W3C.

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