Child Selector (“parent > child”)

child selector

version added: 1.0jQuery('parent > child')

  • parent
    Any valid selector.
    A selector to filter the child elements.

Description: Selects all direct child elements specified by "child" of elements specified by "parent".

As a CSS selector, the child combinator is supported by all modern web browsers including Safari, Firefox, Opera, Chrome, and Internet Explorer 7 and above, but notably not by Internet Explorer versions 6 and below. However, in jQuery, this selector (along with all others) works across all supported browsers, including IE6.

The child combinator (E > F) can be thought of as a more specific form of the descendant combinator (E F) in that it selects only first-level descendants.


Places a border around all list items that are children of <ul class="topnav"> .

<!DOCTYPE html>
body { font-size:14px; }
  <script src=""></script>
<ul class="topnav">
    <li>Item 1</li>
    <li>Item 2 
        <ul><li>Nested item 1</li><li>Nested item 2</li><li>Nested item 3</li></ul>
    <li>Item 3</li>

<script>$("ul.topnav > li").css("border", "3px double red");</script>