HTML <cite> tag

Updated: 08/02/2020 by Computer Hope
HTML cite tag

When writing in HTML (hypertext markup language), the <cite> tag is an inline element used to mention any creative work. Useful from books to paintings, the <cite> tag requires that when you designate the URL (uniform resource locator) or title of the work. The following sections contain information about this tag, including an example of it in use, and related attributes and browser compatibility.


This element is unique in that it is a phrase tag, which indicates that a section of text has structural meaning.

Example of <cite> code

<p>Michelangelo sculpted <cite>David</cite> between 1501 and 1504.</p>

Example result

Michelangelo sculpted David between 1501 and 1504.


All HTML tags support standard attributes that define the settings of an HTML element. Unlike other HTML tags, the <cite> tag has no unique attributes.


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Additional phrase tags

<blockquote>, Browser, Cite, Compatibility, Container tag, URL, Web design terms