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Parent element retrieval.

Description

The .parent() method is used to retrieve the parent of each element within the matched set.

  • The .parent() method will only travel a single level up the DOM tree, use the .parents() method to travel up to grandparents and beyond.

Syntax

Signature Description
.parent()Retrieve the parent of each element within the matched set.
.parent(selector)Retrieve the parent of each element within the matched set that matches the specified selector.

Parameters

Parameter Description Type
selectorA string containing a CSS or custom jQuery selector to match elements against.Selector

Return

A jQuery object either containing the elements matched or empty.

.parent() Example Traversal  <<  Top

Retrieve the parent of each element within the matched set.

In the example below we select the parent of each 'a' element within the .content section of the page and turn the background colour to yellow.



$(function(){
  $('#btn21').on('click', function() {
    $('.content a').parent()
                .css('backgroundColor', 'yellow');
  });
});

Press the button below to action the above code:

.parent( selector ) Example Traversal  <<  Top

Retrieve the parent of each element within the matched set that matches the specified selector.

In the example below we select only 'span' parents of each 'a' element within the .content section of the page and turn the background colour to orange. Notice that with the additional selector filter only the 'span' elements on the right are changed.



$(function(){
  $('#btn22').on('click', function() {
    $('.content a').parent('span')
                .css('backgroundColor', 'orange');
  });
});

Press the button below to action the above code:

Related Tutorials

jQuery Basic Tutorials - Lesson 6 - Tree Traversal