HTML <dt> Tag
<dt> tag represents a definition term in a description list (also known as an "association list" and "definition list").
In a description list, each list item contains two or more entries; a term (
dt) and a description (
Note that a definition term can be linked to more than one description. There can also be multiple terms for a single description (for example, in the case where there are multiple spellings of a term being defined). In this case, each term must be enclosed in its own set of
dt tags (there shouldn't be any more than one term within a single
Also note that the
dt element does not indicate that its contents are a term being defined, but this can be indicated using the
<dt> tag is written as
</dt> with the definition term inserted between the start and end tag.
Basic tag usage
Here's an example of a basic description list.
dfn to Define a Term
dt element does not indicate that its contents are a term being defined. To indicate the defining instance of a term, use the
Here's an example of using multiple
<dt> elements for a single
You can have nested description lists if your descriptions are more complex. You can also have paragraphs and other elements.
In fact, the
<dd> element can contain "flow content" so you can nest most other elements inside the
<dd> element ("flow content" refers to most HTML elements that can appear within the
<body> of an HTML document).
Attributes can be added to an HTML element to provide more information about how the element should appear or behave.
<dt> element accepts the following attributes.
The following attributes are standard across all HTML elements. Therefore, you can use these attributes with the
<dt> tag , as well as with all other HTML tags.
For a full explanation of these attributes, see HTML 5 global attributes.
Event handler content attributes enable you to invoke a script from within your HTML. The script is invoked when a certain "event" occurs. Each event handler content attribute deals with a different event.
Most event handler content attributes can be used on all HTML elements, but some event handlers have specific rules around when they can be used and which elements they are applicable to.
For more detail, see HTML event handler content attributes.