social unit

  1. a person or a group of persons, as a family, functioning as a unit in society.

Origin of social unit

First recorded in 1870–75

Words Nearby social unit Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use social unit in a sentence

  • “And not only did they change it, but they changed it so fast that it implies they’re not only learning from their own experience, but they’re learning from the experience of other sperm whales” in other social units.

  • Charles and Clara Herne were very happy as man and wife, because they were a social unit.

    A California Girl | Edward Eldridge
  • You are now a perfectly disciplined social unit, with a profound esprit de corps.

    Instigations | Ezra Pound
  • In the Far East the social unit, the ultimate molecule of existence, is not the individual, but the family.

    The Soul of the Far East | Percival Lowell
  • You are there as the guest of this newly-constituted social unit, this new family.

    The Patient Observer | Simeon Strunsky