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HTML <cite> Tag


Define the title of a work with the <cite> tag:

<p><cite>The Scream</cite> by Edward Munch. Painted in 1893.</p>
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Definition and Usage

The <cite> tag defines the title of a creative work (e.g. a book, a poem, a song, a movie, a painting, a sculpture, etc.).

Note: A person's name is not the title of a work.

The text in the <cite> element usually renders in italic.

Browser Support

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Global Attributes

The <cite> tag also supports the Global Attributes in HTML.

Event Attributes

The <cite> tag also supports the Event Attributes in HTML.

Related Pages

HTML DOM reference: Cite Object

Default CSS Settings

Most browsers will display the <cite> element with the following default values:


cite {
  font-style: italic;
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