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HTML <cite> Tag


The <cite> tag in HTML is used to define the title of a work, such as a book, a song, a movie, a painting, etc. It’s a way to give credit to the original source or to reference a particular piece of work within the content. The content inside the <cite> tag is typically rendered in italic by browsers.


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Example 1: Citing a Book Title

Here’s an example of how you can use the <cite> tag to cite the title of a book:

<p>The book <cite>The Great Gatsby</cite> by F. Scott Fitzgerald is considered a classic in American literature.</p>

Example 2: Citing a Movie Title

You can also use the <cite> tag to cite the title of a movie:

<p>One of my favorite movies is <cite>Inception</cite> directed by Christopher Nolan.</p>

Try it out below:



Global Attributes

The <cite> tag supports all the global attributes in HTML.

Event Attributes

The <cite> tag also supports all the event attributes in HTML.

Browser Support

Browser Support
Chrome Yes
Firefox Yes
Safari Yes
Opera Yes
IE Yes

Default CSS Settings

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

cite {
  font-style: italic;


The <cite> tag provides a semantic way to reference titles of works within your content. It helps in maintaining the integrity of the cited work and ensures that browsers render it in a way that signifies a citation.

It’s a useful tag for authors, bloggers, and content creators who want to give proper attribution to original works.