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  • Last Updated : 26 Jul, 2019

The DOM parentElement property is used to returns the parent element of a particular child element. It is a read-only property. The parentElement and parentNode property are similar and the only difference is the parentElement property returns null if the parent node is not an element.



Return Value: It returns a string which represents the parent node of any child node or it returns a null if the specified node does not contain any parent node.

Example 1:

<!DOCTYPE html>
            HTML DOM parentElement Property
        <h1 style = "color:green;">
        <h2>DOM parentElement Property</h2>
        <ol type = "1">
            <li id = "GFG">Quick Sort</li>
            <li>Merge Sort</li>
            <li>Selection Sort</li>
            <li>Heap Sort</li>
        <button onclick="Geeks()">
        <p id="sudo"></p>
        <!-- script to find parentElement -->
            function Geeks() {
            var w = 
            document.getElementById("sudo").innerHTML = w;

Before click on the button:

After click on the button:

Example 2: This example hide the parent element to click on the close icon.

<!DOCTYPE html>
            HTML DOM parentElement Property
        <!-- CSS property to create box-->
            div {
                padding: 16px;
                width: 70%;
                background-color: green;
                color: white;
            .GFG {
                float: right;
                font-size: 30px;
                font-weight: bold;
                cursor: pointer;
            <h2>DOM parentElement Property</h2>
                <span class = "GFG"
                      onclick = "
                              = 'none';">
                <p style="font-size:30px;">GeeksforGeeks.</p>

Before click on the cross icon:

After click on the cross icon:

Supported Browsers: The browser supported by DOM parentElement property are listed below:

  • Google Chrome 1.0
  • Internet Explorer
  • Firefox 9.0
  • Opera
  • Safari

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