The conformation of the C=O bond in the structure of the title compound, C14H13NO, is anti to the meta-methyl substituent in the benzoyl ring. The conformations of the N—H and C=O bonds in the amide group are also anti to each other. The asymmetric unit of the structure contains two molecules. The bond parameters are similar to those in N-(phenyl)benzamide, 2-methyl-N-(phenyl)benzamide and other benzanilides. The amide group –NHCO– forms dihedral angles of 20.97 (34) and 45.65 (19)° with the benzoyl rings, and 41.54 (25) and 31.87 (29)° with the aniline rings, in the two independent molecules. The benzoyl and aniline rings adopt dihedral angles of 22.17 (18) and 75.86 (12)° in the two independent molecules. In the crystal structure, molecules are linked into chains by intermolecular N—HO hydrogen bonds.