צין to make a note, make a mark.
— Pi. - צִיֵּן PBH 1 he pointed out, marked; NH 2 he remarked, noted; NH 3 he distinguished, characterized.
— Pu. - צֻיַּן PBH 1 was pointed out, was marked; NH 2 was distinguished.
— Hith. - הִצְטַיֵּן 1 he distinguished himself; 2 he was distinguished. [Back formation from צִיּוּן (q.v.), whose suff. ◌ן was mistaken for the third radical of the stem.] Derivatives: הִצְטַיְּנוּת, מְצֻיָּן.