Definition of talking picture in English:

talking picture

Syllabification: talk·ing pic·ture
(also talking film)


  • A movie with a soundtrack, as distinct from a silent film.
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    • On the way over to Harlem, Pinto and Jolson passed a movie theater playing a revival of ‘The Jazz Singer, ‘the first talking picture, starring the immortal George Jessel.’
    • The advent of talking pictures put her out of work.
    • He was, above all, a celebrity, and he died before talking pictures could tarnish his hypnotic image.

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