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DateTimeFormatInfo.AbbreviatedMonthNames Property

Gets or sets a one-dimensional string array containing the culture-specific abbreviated names of the months.

Namespace:  System.Globalization
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)
public string[] AbbreviatedMonthNames { get; set; }

Property Value

Type: System.String[]
A one-dimensional string array with 13 elements that contains the culture-specific abbreviated names of the months. For 12-month calendars, the 13th element of the array is an empty string. The array for InvariantInfo contains "Jan", "Feb", "Mar", "Apr", "May", "Jun", "Jul", "Aug", "Sep", "Oct", "Nov", "Dec", and "".

The property is being set to null.


The property is being set to an array that is multidimensional or that has a length that is not exactly 13.


The property is being set and the DateTimeFormatInfo object is read-only.

If you set this property, the array must be one-dimensional with exactly 13 elements. Calendar objects accommodate calendars with 13 months.

If you set the AbbreviatedMonthNames property, you must also set the AbbreviatedMonthGenitiveNames property.

The AbbreviatedMonthNames and AbbreviatedMonthGenitiveNames properties are used to format dates using the following format strings:

  • A standard date and time format string that aliases a custom format string that includes the "MMM" format specifier.

  • A custom date and time format string that includes the "MMM" format specifier.

This property is affected if the value of the Calendar property changes. If the selected Calendar does not support abbreviated month names, the array contains the full month names.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Portable Class Library

Supported in: Portable Class Library

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.
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