1. HyperText Markup Language: a set of standards, a variety of SGML, used to tag the elements of a hypertext document. It is the standard protocol for formatting and displaying documents on the World Wide Web.: Compare http.

Origin of HTML

Coined in 1991 by English computer scientist Timothy Berners-Lee

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How to use HTML in a sentence

  • Although some of the diacritics are not found in ISO-8859-1, they can be rendered as HTML numeric entities.

    In Court and Kampong | Hugh Clifford
  • These have been kept in the HTML version to align the page numbers.

    Scottish Ghost Stories | Elliott O'Donnell
  • Detailed images in the HTML version of this e-book are linked to larger versions of the illustration.

    A Journal from Japan | Marie Carmichael Stopes
  • Transliterations of Greek and Hebrew words are available as hover tags in the HTML version of the text.

  • In the HTML version this has left blank pages where page numbers are omitted.

British Dictionary definitions for HTML


abbreviation for
  1. hypertext markup language: a text description language that is used for electronic publishing, esp on the Internet

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Scientific definitions for HTML


[ āch′tē-ĕm-ĕl ]

  1. A markup language used to structure text and multimedia documents and to set up hypertext links between documents, used extensively on the World Wide Web.

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Cultural definitions for HTML


An abbreviation for Hypertext Markup Language. This is the basic format for language that is used to construct the World Wide Web.

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