<the> original rebel

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— You married?
— Was once... To the original rebel.
— What happened?
— You name it, we marched... Anti-nuke, women's lib, save the whales. He's probably marching right now for the gay Nazis or something.

Crocodile Dundee, film

How would you explain the definite — as opposed to indefinite — article here?
Thank you.
  • Uncle Jack

    Senior Member
    British English
    There can only be one original. Just like there can only be one best, fastest or any other superlative, which ismwhy these that "the" as well.

    "Original" here means first, whom all other rebels copied.
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