Definition of portrait parlé in English:

portrait parlé

(also portrait parle)

noun

  • A detailed description of a person's physical characteristics in mainly anthropometric terms, especially one of a type used in the identification of criminals.

Origin

Early 20th century. From French portrait parlé, lit. ‘spoken portrait’ from portrait + parlé, use as adjective of past participle of parler.

Pronunciation

portrait parlé

/ˌpɔːtreɪt ˈpɑːleɪ//ˌpɔːtreɪ pɑːˈleɪ/