Szentistván is a village in Northern Hungary, in the Mezőkövesd district of Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén county.Szentistván is in the northern part of the Great Hungarian Plain, south from Highway M3. It is a rural area with little industry in the village. Most of its inhabitants work in the nearest town, Mezőkövesd.
The first written record about the village is from 1315, when a church named after King Stephen I was built there.Szentistván is one of the three "matyó" settlements. The matyó embroidery is one of the finest examples of Hungarian folk art.