In English we sometimes abbreviate Number of as No. (as confusing as that can be when it is taken out of context). E.g.:

Number of dogs → No. Dogs

Google Translate tells me the same phrase translates as

Nombre de chiens

Is there an equivalent French abbreviation for Nombre de?

  • In English, the non-ligature form No. is typical and is often used to abbreviate the word "number".[2] In North America, the number sign, #, is more prevalent. The ligature form does not appear on British or American QWERTY keyboards.
    – Lambie
    May 10, 2022 at 22:56

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Une abréviation courante est Nb

Par exemple

Nb étudiants: 307


Nombre or nombre de isn't usually abbreviated in plain sentences in French. Among neat-looking¹ abbreviations, except for “n. d.” which would likely be ambiguous, “nb. d.” appears to be the only possibility (but classified as a retranchement multiple and advised against).

In telegraphic style, outside of a sentence, Nb is however often used for nombre de (cf. @rds example).

Notice that numéro (which is also translated as number and abbreviated # in English) has a standard and sometimes mandatory abbreviation when followed by a number: no (the letter o is found in exponent¹), plural would be nos.

1. More details in Orthotypographie, or probably any other specialized book on the topic.


As far as I know, there is no such thing in French, though the abbreviation nbr can be used if there is a lack of space.

By the way, the numéro symbol № (or n°) is rather used as # in English, e.g. in Exercice № 2713 for Exercise #2713, than as a shortcut for number of.


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